What is a wildlife refuge, A Day at Harris Neck

What is a wildlife refuge?

We often spend time outside with the family hiking,biking, geocaching, or sometimes even at the beach.  It occurred to me a couple weeks ago, that we don’t really spend that much time at any of the great, nearby, wildlife refuges.

Just up the road a bit is the Harris Neck Wildlife refuge.  It is an old air base from WWII, that is now part of the federal system of wildlife refuges.  A wildlife refuge is setup just as it is named, to protect and preserve the wildlife and ecosystems that reside and life in the area. 

harris neck NWR

Throughout the refuge is a one-way road that winds in one side, and out the other.  It is 4 miles long, but the old air base runways are still as they were in the 1940’s, and are a major part of the trail system in the refuge.

From wikipedia: Aerial (1999) of the old air base

harris neck NWR

harris neck NWR

harris neck NWR

Wood storks nesting on the other side of the pond.  Not a great shot, but all I had on me was my Galaxy S3, so not bad considering.

 

In the refuge, there is not a lot to do.  But that is the great part about it.  There are VERY few cars, and very few people.  Just the way I like to spend my days outdoors.

There are a large number of different species of birds including egrets, eagles, ducks, geese, and storks.

Be sure to bring a lunch, your are a long way from just about anything to eat.

 

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2 thoughts on “What is a wildlife refuge, A Day at Harris Neck”

  1. I had no idea about the history of Harris Neck. Nice article…and some great pics…especially considering they were from your phone.

  2. MobileApps4Biz

    I had no idea about the history of Harris Neck. Nice article…and some great pics…especially considering they were from your phone.

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