Upcoming Events

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.

Happy New Year. Thursday, January 1, New Year’s Day. Refuge open, Visitor Center closed.

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Calling Artists, Grades K – 12. Enter the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Sunday, January 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Orientation program will cover contest rules, technical requirements, reference materials and more. Entries will be judged at the state level with awards in four age groups. More information in the news column (right). Orientation program is for Kids, Parents, Teachers.

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Second Sunday with Friends: Sunday at the Movies. Sunday, January 11, 1:30-3 p.m. Arctic Dance, the Mardy Murie Story. Join us for this film biography of an extraordinary American conservationist, a prime mover in the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Refreshments. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, January 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

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Calling Young Artists
Enter the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest!
Orientation Program
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to participate in the annual New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp contest. Designs can feature ducks, swans, or geese in their natural habitat. All students who enter will receive a certificate and their artwork will be eligible for ribbons and awards. What a great way to combine a love of nature and a love of art!

Junior Duck Stamp

Find Out More: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Friends of Great Swamp NWR will host an Orientation Program at the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center — for kids, parents, teachers. We’ll cover the Junior Duck Stamp Program, contest rules and entry requirements. Dave Sagan, Refuge Park Ranger, will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a variety of waterfowl resources and reference materials available for use. If you are unable to attend, contest information and reference materials will be available at the Visitor Center during regular hours. Download the flyer here.

Deadline is March 1, 2015. Entries must be delivered to the Visitor Center or mailed to Friends of Great Swamp NWR, 241 Pleasant Plains Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Entries will be submitted to the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ where state-wide judging is done. The Best-in-show winner advances to the national Junior Duck Stamp contest, in which the winning design is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp.

Artwork will be returned to the Refuge in June 2015 for an art display and recognition ceremony for all entrants. Artists can pick up their original artwork at the Visitor Center by the end of the summer.

For more information, check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp web site for information, contest rules, technical requirements, a list of eligible species, and contest entry forms at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

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Happy birding!