Snowy owl hotspot in N.J. at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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ELIZABETH FLETCHER / PHILLY.COM – The Snowy Owl sat silently in the marsh grass, its arctic white feathers fluffed up in the brisk winter wind, serenely observing us. We were parked on the wildlife drive in the coastal wetlands of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife refuge, in Galloway Township, N.J., in one of the most active flyways for migrating ducks and shorebirds each fall and spring. We were within sight of Atlantic City, but a world away.

Except for the wind, the only sounds were the click and whir of cameras and the hushed conversations among the handful of other lucky watchers.  There is something magical about a white owl that stands about two feet tall and has a wingspan of 4 ½ to 5 ½ feet.  No one wanted to break the spell …

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