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Taylor Wildlife Preserve


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7 Taylor's Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ
Phone: (856) 786-0809
www.taylorwildlifepreserve.org

OWNER:  Friends of Taylor Wildlife Preserve

DIRECTIONS:  Exit Palmyra Cove Nature Park and turn Right on Route 73 South. After 0.5 miles bear right to merge onto New River Road toward Palmyra. At the “T” intersection, turn Left onto Public Road. After crossing the train tracks, turn Right onto West Broad Street, Route 543. After 3.0 miles, turn Left onto Taylor’s Lane. Proceed 0.75 miles to the parking area at Taylor Wildlife Preserve.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From I-295 take exit 36 B for Route 73 North. After 4.4 miles, exit Right for Route 130 North. After 2.8 miles, take the jughandle turn on the Right for Taylor's Lane. Proceed for 1.4 miles, crossing River Road, and continue straight until Taylor Lane becomes a gravel road. Drive down the gravel road about 200 feet from the corner and on the Left you will see the first of the Taylor Wildlife Preserve trail signs. In the summer and fall you will also be following signs to the organic vegetable stand. Trail maps are usually available at the farm stand on the right. This drive ends beyond the Taylor Farm organic fields where parking is available for hikers. The Delaware River is 100 feet away on the right.   Map

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ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. A detailed guide to the interpretive trail is available at www.taylorwildlifepreserve.org/trails.html. This guide starts at the parking area by the farm fields and leads a hiker around the various habitats. Some of the trails are not maintained.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Visit New Jersey Natural Lands Trust website to see a map of its public land to the North and South of Taylor Refuge. The North area is accessed from a trail about 200 ft. to the West of the pond at the east end of Taylor's Lane. The trail is on the North side of the road. Like the Taylor preserve, the trail is marked with interpretive signs. The heron rookery visible from Taylor Refuge is actually on the Land Trust’s property to the North. The South state lands connect with the trails past Wright's Cove.

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SITE DESCRIPTION:  This area is a preserved gem along the Delaware River and is a popular resting spot for birds using the river as a migration corridor. Taylor Refuge has an excellent variety of habitats in a small area, so a species list for only spending a few hours here can be quite large. A walk around the area along the trails is quite peaceful and is often abundant with a variety of birds.

DON'T MISS:  The Great Blue Heron colony in the trees on an island in Dredge Harbor just to the north of the refuge itself is a fantastic site in March and April before the trees leaf out and the nests are no longer visible.

THROUGH THE SEASONS:  
Winter:  Waterfowl is the focus now. Bring a spotting scope to scan the Delaware River access points for Bufflehead, Great Cormorants, Common Goldeneye and Canvasback. A walk along the trails around the marshes can be productive for “dabblers” like Mallard, and Black ducks.. Keep an eye out for wintering Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered Hawks.
Spring:  Spring is migration season and the preserve is teeming with activity. The trees along the Delaware River and along the path around the farm fields, Wright’s Cove, and the bench area can be fabulous for migrant passerines after the passage of a warm front, especially from mid April until the end of May.
Summer:  Summer can be difficult birding with the insects around the marshes. Insect repellant and a dawn start to hear the breeding birds singing before they quiet down in the heat of the day are musts. A walk along the roads and trails through the open marsh areas will result in Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, and Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. During the first two weeks of June, try listening for Least Bitterns and Virginia Rails at the bench area and all along the middle road through the marshes.
Fall:  Fall is the best time for migrant sparrows that stop to rest and feed in the rental garden areas all along River Rd. Expect White-throated, White-crowned, Field, Chipping, Song, and Swamp. Rarities like Clay-colored and Lincoln's Sparrow show up with some regularity. Keep checking the flocks. October and November are the best months for sparrows. Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers can be abundant in this area also. Keep an eye on the tree line for other migrant passerines.


A CLOSER LOOK:  The bridge and bench between Wright’s Cove and The Wetlands (shown on the website map) is a good place to sit in the early morning or late evening to catch the local beavers in action.

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