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Winter Eagle Festival
February 3, 2024
Natural Lands is pleased to support the long-running Winter Eagle Festival in Cumberland County, NJ. This event is hosted by Cumberland County, NJ, in partnership with Natural Lands, CU Maurice River, and NJ Audubon,.
The festival celebrates raptors including Bald Eagles, falcons, harriers, hawks, and owls. Experts lead timed bird walks and eagle-watching around Natural Lands’ expansive Glades Wildlife Refuge and other scenic spots. Come say hello to staff and volunteers at Natural Lands’ outreach table inside the Mauricetown Firehall, 9544 Noble Street, Mauricetown, NJ, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
For more information visit www.CumberlandCountyNJ.gov, “like” their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter #cceaglefest. Phone and email inquiries should be directed to (856) 453-2175 or mattpi@CumberlandCountyNJ.gov.
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).
Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.
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