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The Friends of the Heinz Refuge Welcome You!

Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.



Young Birders are invited to the Bald Eagle Walk & Learn at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, on Sunday, May 12, from 8 to 11 a.m. PA Young Birders will guide children and families to observe and learn about the Bald Eagles nesting at the Refuge. Two young eaglets are growing strong and healthy on their nest, fed and protected by hard-working adult eagles during their fourth consecutive nesting season at this location. We will see many other bird species along the way, including warblers, flycatchers, vireos, orioles and more. Be prepared to walk 2.25 miles. Bring water bottle and a trail snack. This activity is suitable for kids ages eight and above. This Bald Eagle Walk & Learn is taking place as part of International Migratory Bird Day weekend, celebrating life cycles of migratory birds. For more info, contact PA Young Birders at



Heinz Refuge staff, supporters and volunteers are delighted to observe the newest generation of Bald Eagles thriving in the Refuge, one of two active eagle nest sites in Philadelphia. Hatched March 13, 2013, two fuzzy-headed eaglets are growing quickly under care of their hard-working parents. The chicks can be seen bobbing their heads above the nestline high atop Oak Island, at the south end of the main water impoundment. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bald Eagles have nested at Heinz Refuge, signalling increasing health of our riverine eco-systems. Eagles eat almost exclusively fish, which are abundant in the Refuge and nearby Delaware River.

We invite all to post photos and observations on the Friends of Heinz Refuge Facebook page @, as the fourth consecutive Bald Eagle nesting season unfolds at the Refuge. Check our “Eye on the Eagles 2013” photo album for frequent updates!

  • FOHR meetings are held in the Cusano Environmental Education Center at 6:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and are open to the public. Please join us!
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