If These Trees Could Talk
Glades Wildlife Refuge |
February 5, 2023 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Join us for a vigorous hike through a vast, marshy area known as Bear Swamp.
In this remarkable old-growth forest—where the New Jersey Pine Barrens meets Delaware Bayshore habitat—Bald Eagles soar and woodpeckers tap on hollow trees. Natural Lands’ staff members Steve Eisenhauer and Brian Johnson guide this fascinating hike where you’ll touch 450-year-old trees, and learn about climate, wildlife, and more.
Glades Wildlife Refuge is an expanse of diverse landscapes: vast tidal marshes, wooded uplands, beaches along the Delaware Bay, and a remarkable old growth forest. Here the cycles and rhythm of the natural world are evident in the seasonal weather, migrating birds, and fluctuating tides.
Grasses that tolerate tidal, brackish water dominate Glades, such as salt hay. These grasses provide rich habitat for crustaceans, mollusks, and birds, and are an important food source for ducks and other waterfowl. In addition, the grasses filter pollutants from the water and buffer the shoreline from flooding and erosion.
The refuge also includes forested swamps where sweetgum, holly, and red maple jockey for position with pitch pines. A section of old-growth forest, known as Bear Swamp, includes sourgum trees that are more than 450 years old.
Every May, thousands of horseshoe crabs leave the ocean depths to spawn on the moonlit beaches of the Delaware Bay. The eggs, full of fat and protein, are critical sustenance for migrating Red Knots, which lose up to half their body weight in their grueling journey from South America. An estimated 90 percent of the entire population of these federally-threatened shore birds can be found on the Bay—including Raybin’s Beach at Glades Wildlife Refuge—in a single day. After a century of decline, the population of horseshoe crabs is now holding steady.
The refuge is part of four “Important Bird Areas” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Before you go and safety for all:
- Parking directions will be sent closer to the event.
- Prepare for a vigorous hike of around seven miles on uneven potentially muddy terrain.
- Due to marshy wetlands, high waterproof boots are recommended.
- Bring binoculars and a camera on this exploratory adventure. Hiking poles recommended.
- Dress in seasonal layers.
- Bring full water bottle and snacks to munch along the way.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick, please stay home.
- CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings, especially if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.
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