Second Sunday with Friends: Urban Park Restoration. Sunday, February 8, 1:30-3 p.m. We are so fortunate to welcome back FDU Professor Brian Olechnowski to give us an update on his studies of bird population trends in urban park restoration projects. Visitor Center.
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). February 13-15, Friday, noon—4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.. You can be a Citizen Scientist! Join us for a census of winter birds at our feeders and report results to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Make a suet feeder. Continue the count on a guided walk outdoors. Learn the names of common feeder birds with our Bird Bingo! Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Visitor Center.
Refuge Readers. Friday, February 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.
Refuge Ramble. Sunday, March 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Join us as Refuge Rambles resume. We’ll check out signs of Spring on this informal, interpretive walk. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.
Second Sunday with Friends: Owls of New Jersey. Sunday, March 8, 1:30-3 p.m. Join naturalist Dorothy Smullen to learn about the different species of owls that live year-round or migrate through New Jersey. Indoor program. Visitor Center.
Great Swamp Owl Walk. Sunday, March 8, 5:30—7:30 p.m.. Join us for a guided owl walk to listen for mating owl calls. Registration is required: please all 973-425-9510. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Spring Woodcock Walks. Sundays, March 8 & 15, 6:30 p.m.—dusk. Watch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. Half-hour indoor program followed by a guided walk on Pleasant Plains Road. Dress warmly. Leader: Pete Axelrod. Visitor Center.
indicates programs suitable for children
Download the Event Calendar:
January- June 2015 (pdf, Adobe Reader required).
Great Backyard Bird Count
Be a Citizen Scientist for a Day!
February 13 – February 15
Helen C Fenske Visitor Center
Join us for three days of birding fun and help collect data which is vital for bird research studies.
Calling Young Artists
Enter the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest!
Stop by the Visitor Center
for Ideas and Inspiration
Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to participate in the annual New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp contest. Designs can feature native 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!
Find Out More: Come to the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. Volunteers and Refuge staff will be on hand to answer questions. We have a wealth of information to help with your artwork: waterfowl reference books, duck mounts and decoys, duck stamps, and photos of Great Swamp waterfowl in their natural habitats. Download our Flyer, the Entry Form, Summary of technical requirements and eligible species list, and the Reference Form from our website.
Deadline is March 1, 2015. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and addressed to: Great Swamp NWR, 241 Pleasant Plains Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Entries may be delivered, by March 1, to the Visitor Center during visitor center hours: Thursdays and Fridays, noon – 4 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.