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Meetings Schedule


The Friends of Forsythe NWR meet the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are held at the Refuge Headquarters, 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ. The meetings start at 5:00PM ET. The May meeting is the Friends’ annual meeting. At this meeting, election of officers and other official business pertinent to the Friends’ operation are brought to the table for action.

All Friends current in their membership are invited to attend the meetings. A member whose membership has lapsed may renew their membership when attending a meeting. Also, anyone interested in joining the Friends of Forsythe NWR may do so when attending a meeting.

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 Volunteers Honored by Forsythe Staff


The staff of the Edwin B. Forsyrthe National Wildlife Refuge took time at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to recognize two exceptional volunteers.  The Volunteer of the Year Award awardee for 2014 was Donnalynn Warren.  She was recognized for her work at the Visitor Information Center and various other projects at the Refuge.  Tony Mazzarella received the Connecting People with Nature award.  Both awards were presented by Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig.  The Friends of Forsythe NWR offer our congratulations to these outstanding and dedicated volunteers


Vol of Year

Left to right: Donnalynn Warren, Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig,

and Tony Mazzarella





Cedar Creek High School National Honor Society Makes a Donation


The National Honor Society of Cedar Creek High School, located in Egg Harbor City, NJ, presented a $1,300 check to the Friends of Forsythe NWR.  The money is to be used by the Friends for projects at the Refuge.  Cedar Creek is the newest of the three high schools operated by the Greater Egg Harbor High School District.  National Honor Society members are elected based on a high academic average, a positive social role, and their commitment to activities and sports. 

Cedar Creek HS

Left to Right: Virginia Rettig, Refuge Manager, Ann Marie Morrison, Nature Store Manager, 

Nicole Morbitt, Karl Nelson, Jessie Forand, Katie Nelson, Savannah Rush,

Tom Touhy, Friends President, Dr. Ed Bristow, Friends Vice-President 



 Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Hosts Shore Protection Funding Announcement.




On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge was the site of an important announcement for coastal areas from New England to the Carolinas. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell traveled to the Refuge with news of $165 Million in funding for coastal protection projects. This funding is critical to the future protection of shore areas against future storms.




Right: Secretary Jewell announces the Storm Protection Funding.







Below: (Left to Right) Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2), Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe, and Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) view the Forsythe Refuge salt water marsh near Oyster Creek.

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Above: FWS Director Dan Ashe speaks to the crowd.


The program was held on the Refuge’s Wildlife Drive. One year ago, according to Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig, this site was submerged under 6 feet of storm water. 


2013-10-24groupThe global warming and the resulting higher sea levels mandate appropriate protection and planning. The purpose of this funding is to provide the necessary dollars dedicated to this purpose.





Left: (Left to Right) Congressman Frank LoBiondo, FWS Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber, Congressman Rush Holt, and Edwin B. Forsythe Manager Virginia Rettig meet in the Refuge’s Visitor Information Center.