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Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge

39°43'24.88"N  75°33'45.70"W

South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: (302) 425-4890
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At the eastern end of Wilmington's one-mile Riverwalk lies the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge, one of the few urban refuges in the country.

Perhaps the best way to see the refuge is to:

■ visit the DuPont Environmental Education Center, staffed by the Delaware Nature Society
■ paddle the tidal Christina River, a source of drinking water for more than 400,000 people
■ hop aboard the Wilmington River Taxi between the months of April and October

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife during your visit. Common sightings include beavers, ducks, ospreys (birds of prey), turtles and snakes, among others. There is even a high-powered telescope inside the environmental education center to help you see them.

Photo by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

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