Howard S. Stainton Wildlife Refuge 10/24/10

After going to Forsythe on the 23rd, we drove farther down in NJ to Ocean City and came to a subtle park on Bay Avenue and 28th street (close to Vineyard Way) bordering the Ocean City Municipal Airport.  In a car, you would have to be paying close attention to the side of the road to see it, because all that is there is a sign behind some trees, a lookout platform, and a small boardwalk leading up to the platform.  I feel bad for all of the people who miss it, though, because it is truly a one of a kind place.  As you walk up the platform stairs, eager to get to the top, it sounds as if you are being cheered on by all of the chirps, whistles, quacks, and cheeps of the birds that await your arrival.  Once you get to the top, you get an overlook of a large lake with tidal mud flats, reeds, and trees as a border so you can’t see the road farther in front of you.

This is the perspective that you get when you look directly in front of you after emerge from the steps.

When it is high tide and hardly any land is above ground, the Refuge is great for ducks, geese, and cormorants.  When it is low tide and the place is basically 1 giant mud flat, it is great for sandpipers, herons, and egrets.  If you are on a trip to Ocean City, New Jersey and you want to get away from all of the hustle and bustle, this place is definitely where you want to come… as long as you have a few hours to spare!

This is the perspective that you get when you look to the left after you emerge from the steps.

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