Where to Go Birding?
On May 7th, you and your team have options!
Option 1: Plan Your Own Route
Your team can fly high and visit birding hot spots anywhere in Gloucester County. For some suggestions, see “Selected Birding Locations” below.
Option 2: Join Our Guided Walks
For some variety join our guided walks led by a bird expert who will help you identify the bird species present. These walks will be paced and placed so you can participate in all of the walks or just one or two while you spend the rest of the time birding on your own.
- 7:00-9:15 AM: Tall Pines State Preserve: From the intersection of Rt 553 (Woodbury-Glassboro Rd) and Mantua Ave in Wenonah (and Holy Nativity Lutheran Church), travel .75 mile south on Rt 553 to the intersection with Bark Bridge Rd. Turn right onto Bark Bridge Rd then in 200ft turn left into the parking lot meet there. There are no restrooms at Tall Pines.
- 9:30-11:00 AM: Riverwinds: From Route 44 in West Deptford take Delaware St which becomes Riverwinds Drive upon entering the Riverwinds Complex. Drive past the community center, stay to the left, and park in the parking lot just before the RiverWinds restaurant.
- 11:15 AM-12:15 PM: WIN/Wheelabrator Wildlife Refuge in Westville (also the picnic location): Access from Rt 130 – opposite Hazel Ave in Westville, just south of Big Timber Creek. Turn into the 2nd driveway on your right (just past the Butterfly Garden Parking area) to park for the Pavilion and meeting area.
Selected Birding Locations in Gloucester County
Tall Pines State Preserve
A 111-acre nature preserve located in Deptford and Mantua Townships, Tall Pines features a combination of woodland, meadow, and wetland habitats. The Eastern Bluebird is a common sight here, as 12 nesting boxes are in constant use during spring and summer months. Bark Bridge Road and Indian Trail, Wenonah, NJ.
WIN/Wheelabrator Wildlife Refuge
A 75-acre nature preserve surrounding the WIN Waste Innovations facility in West Deptford, this site offers welcoming habitat to migrating songbirds as well as riparian species like Herons and Egrets. 600 US Route 130, West Deptford, NJ. Turn right just before the entrance gate.
A 59-acre wooded nature park located in Mantua Township, Ceres hosts scores of spring migrants including scarlet tanagers and warblers. Permanent residents include Carolina chickadee, ovenbird, and red-bellied woodpecker. 940 Main Street, Sewell, NJ.
Scotland Run Park
A 1,065-acre behemoth of a county park, Scotland Run offers several trails that run through less-busy woodland areas of the property. American woodcock, pine warbler, and scarlet tanager are among the diverse bird species that await you here. 980 East Academy Street, Clayton, NJ.
These four sites are just the beginning…
The 2020 edition of our “Natural Places” book features over 30 more places to see birds and all sorts of other natural wonders throughout the county.
Bird Quest is sponsored by the Gloucester County Nature Club, a private, non-profit organization of people who share a common interest, curiosity, and love of the natural world.