Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cedar Run Wild Life Refuge

 My grandfather, grandmother, cousin, mom, brother and I went to visit Cedar Run in Medford NJ. My Grandmother brought lunch that we ate in the picnic area. As we were eating, we were deciding what trails we wanted to walk on and what animals we were going to see. 

The first trail was the white trail, it was fun and not too long. The white trail has a story that you can read while you are walking along, but we didn't pay much attention to it. The trail also took us to the cages where all the animals live. The animals at the refuge live there because they are injured or hurt and cannot be introduced into the wild. There are 8 ducks, 2 swans, 3 wolves, 6 geese, 3 red tailed hawks, 2 vultures, 3 seagulls, 2 bald eagles, 4 owls, 2 deer, 1 blue jay and a partridge in a pair tree (Just kidding partridges don't live in New Jersey).

This guy loves kids
I really enjoyed looking at the animals, they seemed friendly. To my surprise bald eagles are not actually bald. My favorite animals were the friendly Turkey Vultures that followed me around the cage as I walked and the dancing Barn owl that made me laugh (see the video below). The most interesting thing is that both of the American Crows talked. One greeted you with "Hi" and the other with "Hello" but if you stood there too long, I could see how it would get annoying. (see the video below)

After that, we took the yellow trail, it was longer and more difficult and it went right through the Jersey Devil's home. The trail was challenging because there was a storm the day before with tornadoes so a lot of trees fell down and were blocking the trail. We had to climb over and under about 6 trees.

While we were walking my grandfather was trying to tell us scary stories about the Jersey Devil.  Then my mom tried to un-scare us by signing the theme song for "Dora The Explorer" and "Go Diego Go". At first it was funny, but quickly became annoying because she sang it until we finished the trail and went to the visitors center.

In the visitors center they have a really cool gift shop and a reptile room. There is also a little play room for little kids.

When I am 16 I hope to volunteer at cedar run wild life refuge because I want to take good care of all the animals that live there.

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