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Institute Woods and Rogers Refuge together make up a large riverside woodland behind the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.


Notable Species

Institute Woods is notable for the number and diversity of migrant warblers. Present every year in good numbers are Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Nashville Warbler and several others.

The grassy trails also attract substantial quantities of thrushes, particularly Wood Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, and Veery.

The small freshwater marsh has numerous Red-winged Blackbirds and the occasional Sora.


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Birds you can see here include:

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker(yellow-shafted form), Eastern Wood Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Wood Thrush, Veery, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler(Myrtle form), Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Canada Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Other Wildlife

You can see Turtles sunning themselves on a sunny day!, etc...

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

From downtown Princeton, take Alexander Road south to West Drive. The refuge lot is near the end of West Drive. Warblers are usually most abundant along the gravel road between the lot and the small observation tower overlooking the marsh.

Contact Details

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External Links

Content and images originally posted by traowyn