Upcoming Events

Refuge Readers. Friday, November 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of John James Audubon: The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

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Annual Turkey Walk. Saturday, November 29, 1-2:30 p.m. Back by popular demand. Join us as we walk off that Thanksgiving turkey on an informal walk into the Management Area, normally closed to the public. Easy walk along service roads. Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township, NJ.

Nature on Film — Note new time. Thursday, December 4, 1-2:30 p.m. Forever Wild: Celebrating America’s Wilderness. Hosted by Robert Redford, this 55-minute film examines America’s commitment to wilderness preservation. Our last official 50-50-15 event. Refreshments. Visitor Center.

Holiday Shopping — Double Discount Weekend at the Friends Nature Shop. Thursday, December 4 - Sunday, December 7, noon-4 p.m. on Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday. 10% off all purchases — 20% for members. Get your holiday shopping done early and help your favorite place — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. All proceeds help fund Refuge projects. Visitor Center.

Friends Member Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner. Saturday, December 6, 5—8 p.m. For all Members. Pot luck dinner followed by a short business meeting and elections. Bring a favorite dish to share. Visitor Center.

Citizen Science Opportunity

Christmas Bird Count in the Great Swamp/Watchung Ridge Circle. Saturday, December 20. This is an annual count when thousands of people, all over the country, spend a day counting birds, gathering data on the number and species of birds. Even if you are a novice birder, you can join a team — and learn from the many birding experts. It’s fun, easy, and a nice day outdoors. Call the Visitor Center for more info.

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It’s Turkey Time at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Photo by David Kaplan

On Saturday, November 29, join us for the Annual Turkey Walk — a chance to walk off that Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s a leisurely walk along service roads, a good birding opportunity, and we might even see a turkey! This is an informal guided walk into the Management Area, normally closed to the public. Saturday, November 29, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township. Please be prompt.

Celebrate Double Discount Days
in December!

Holiday shopping, Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7, at the Friends Nature Shop located at the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. wrapped gift box We carry nature books and field guides, nature-themed gift items, jewelry, puzzles, plush, and Judy’s pottery. Enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases and 20% if you are a Friends member. Can you imagine a better place to do your holiday shopping? No lines, free parking, and best of all, proceeds are used to fund Refuge projects and programs. Shop for your family and friends and support Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Don’t forget Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit in the winter.

Photo by Blaine Rothauser

Male Cardinal, photo by Blaine Rothauser

Raptors can be seen hunting over the fields along Pleasant Plains Road. Herons and ducks are still around until the water freezes over. The feeders at the Visitor Center are always busy — a great place to learn your backyard birds and to get started on your Junior Refuge Manager Activity Guide. There are fewer people and no bugs! Enjoy your national wildlife refuge.

See more photos on the
Refuge’s Flickr page.

Click on the Great Swamp NWR link in the top right corner below to go to the eBird website. There you can look at the data in more detail.