John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is the nation's first urban refuge, and was established in 1972 to preserve, restore and develop the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh.
The refuge is a green respite nestled within the city of Philadelphia. Not only can visitors fish, canoe and kayak and enjoy over eight miles of trails, but refuge lands are a thriving sanctuary teeming with a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants native to the Delaware Estuary. Just a short trip from downtown, visitors can see wildlife in their native habitat and spot bald eagles, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and many other birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The refuge promotes environmental education and provides opportunities for people to photograph, observe and learn about wildlife in their natural habitat, while discovering and exploring the great outdoors.
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