The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is home or visiting grounds to over 200 birds, 30 mammals, ten different amphibians and 40 different varieties of fish. While you shouldn’t expect to see everything on your first visit, the wetlands and surrounding areas are filled with so many different species, you and your kids will have fun trying to spot as many of them as you can while slowly driving the route in your car.
We chose the River ‘S’ Unit of the refuge and stopped first at the visitor’s station where we paid the $3 entrance fee and picked up a few brochures and an audio tour on CD (returnable at the end of the trip). The audio tour is also available through iTunes with different downloadable podcasts for summer and fall. The tour guides you through 14 different stopping points on the 4.2-mile loop and explains birds and animals to watch and listen for. Don’t skip the CD or podcast; it really enhances your experience.