|Chews Landing Road, Sicklerville, NJ |
Phone: (609) 567-0700
Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Exit Washington Lake Park and turn Right onto CR654/Hurfville-Crosskeys Road. After 3.2 miles, turn Left at the traffic light onto Berlin-Crosskeys Road. After 3 miles turn sharp Right onto Chews Landing Road. After 0.3 miles turn Right into the entrance for Frank Donio Park.
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY: From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 73 in Berlin, continue North on Route 30/White Horse Pike. After 1.7 miles, turn Left on Berlin-Crosskeys Road. After 4.9 miles, turn Left onto Chews Landing Road. After 0.3 miles, turn Right into the entrance for Frank Donio Park. Map
NJ Transit Bus Line 459 stops at Winslow Plaza on Berlin-Cross Keys Road. Walk 0.1 miles to the traffic light at Chew’s Landing Road, then turn Right and walk South on Chews Landing Road for 0.3 miles to the entrance for Frank Donio Park.
|A 1.5-mile walking trail loops around the perimeter of the park and through the adjacent Winslow Conservation Area, affording views of woodland and pond edges where a surprising mix of wildlife can be found. There is also a nature trail on the property across the street.
Visit in April and May to see Bluebirds active in their nesting rituals.
The year round wildlife such as Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, Red-bellied, and Downy Woodpeckers are more easily seen. They are joined by winter residents, such as Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow in the trees and grassy fields.
The shallow ponds at Donio Park and across the street at Winslow Conservation Area are sometimes visited by migrant shorebirds, especially in May. Look for Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and even Solitary Sandpiper. This is also the best time to see migrating songbirds such as Blackpoll Warbler, Northern Parula and Great Crested Flycatcher.
Song Sparrows and Cardinals nest in the woods surrounding the park. Tree, Barn, Rough-winged and the occasional Bank Swallow can be spotted over the retention ponds and grassy fields. Bluebirds raise young. Rabbits, woodchucks and squirrels browse in the mowed fields.
The changing of the leaves brings color and a lot of activity to the heavily seeded fields. Large flocks of Robins and mixed blackbirds chatter noisily. Mallard and Canada Geese feed in the retention ponds, occasionally joined by Killdeer or Spotted Sandpiper on the banks. Watch for Savannah and Swamp Sparrows mixing with Song and White-throated. Keep an eye on the sky for Red-tailed Hawk and other raptors.
Winslow Conservation Area and Nature Trail: Across the Street from Donio Park is a nature trail created through a partnership between Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and Winslow Township Public Works. The trail provides views of treatment basins and has numbered stops addressing natural environments and ecological principles. For more information, visit www.ccmua.org/winslowwelcome.html