Almost 50 years
ago, Elizabeth and James Woodford took steps to help preserve the Pinelands of central
and southern New Jersey. They bought land within the Pinelands and founded the Cedar
Run Wildlife Refuge, which continues to carry out their work of environmental and
wildlife preservation, education and rehabilitation.
The Pinelands predominate much of central and southern New Jersey.
Also called Pine Barrens, its more than one million acres harbor a wide
variety of plant and animal life ? life that Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
is dedicated to preserving.
Situated on 184 acres surrounding Cedar Run Lake near Medford,
New Jersey, the Refuge includes a wildlife rehabilitation hospital, an outdoor live-animal
compound, the Elizabeth Woodford Environmental Education and Nature Center and nature
trails that link the property?s uplands and wetlands.
The Refuge has three missions ? wildlife rehabilitation, environmental
education and habitat preservation. Addressing these missions entails guardianship
of the Refuge?s grounds, educating approximately 16,000 students every year either
on the grounds or in off-site programs and taking in approximately 4,000 animals
per year that are in need of rehabilitation.
Cedar Run campers conduct an in-depth
exploration of fish and other aquatic creatures during a 2005 summer day camp.
Intern Noella Girard teaches campers about Squam, the barred
owl. Squam suffered a head injury and has a bad eye, so he cant hunt well
enough to be released back into the wild.
This is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in
New Jersey. Between the months of March and October, as many as 60 animals per day
are brought into the Refuge. Its rehabilitation center is allowed to work with only
wildlife native to New Jersey. When other animals are brought into the Refuge, they?re
transferred to proper facilities. The goal of rehabilitation is to return the animal
to its environment. However, when an animal is injured beyond the point of surviving
in the wild, it remains in the refuge.
With a grant from the Subaru of America Foundation, Cedar Run
has been able to increase its staff by four interns. Two of them help rehabilitate
wild animals, and two are involved in the educational programs.
Learn more about the facilities, services and programs offered
by Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge by going to its Web site at www.cedarrun.org. Many of the Refuge?s resident
animals can be seen there, accompanied by their stories.