Upcoming Events

Garden Day. Saturdays, August 1 & 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to work in the gardens. No experience needed. Visitor Center.

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Help eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Work days on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends — Sharing the World with Raptors. Sunday, August 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join us as we partner with The Raptor Trust for a presentation on … raptors of course! Learn about raptors and how important they are to the natural world. Get to know some of the species of hawks and owls that are common resi-dents in New Jersey. Meet a live education raptor and view specimens and mounts up close. Visitor Center Pavilion (outdoors).

Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Help control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Visitor Center.

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Turtle Head-start Update. Saturday, August 15, 10-11 a.m. Join the turtle team for an update on this summer’s turtle research. Help send off this year’s hatchlings for their winter “vacation” in Massachusetts. Visitor Center.

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Nature Photo Show and Ice Cream Sunday. Sunday, August 16, 1:30—3:30 p.m. Bring your best nature photos, share your stories — and create your own sundae. Bring a flash drive — we’ll have a computer and monitor for display. No photos? Join us just to enjoy the show—and the ice cream! All are welcome. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, August 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Join us for a fun and lively discussion of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

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Great Hunters of the Air

Join us for
Sharing the World with Raptors,
on Sunday, August 9

Launches aerial assault from high perches, seizing prey with a power grip and pinpoint precision! Able to soar in wide circles at great height, surveying the world far below! Utilizes superb vision — three times the image resolution of humans!

Vilma

Vilma

No, we’re not describing Superheros. Our local raptors have these amazing capabilities! Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and are distinguished by strong hooked beaks and feet with talons.

Come to see these incredible birds up close by joining us for Sharing the World with Raptors on Sunday, August 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meet at the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, in the outdoor pavilion. This program is for ages 7 years old and up.

Georgette

Georgette

Meet a live education raptor, possibly a barred owl, peregrine falcon or eastern screech owl. Get a close-up view of specimens and mounts. Learn what raptors are, and discover the different adaptations that these fascinating predatory birds use as daytime and nighttime hunters. You will get to know some of the species of hawks and owls that are common residents in New Jersey and find out how important they are to the natural world that we all share.

Winky

Winky

This program is presented by The Raptor Trust, a wild bird rehabilitation center located adjacent to the Great Swamp in Millington, NJ and in operation for over thirty years. Its mission is to provide free care and assistance to injured, sick, or orphaned wild birds, educate people about wild birds, especially birds of prey, and provide a humane example for others. The Trust includes a hospital with medical facilities, exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building.

Why not stop by the Raptor Trust on one of your visits to the Great Swamp? It’s a great place to see beautiful eagles, hawks, falcons and owls up close, learn about their amazing capabilities and what we can do to help them. For more information on what you can see, visiting hours and how you can support raptors, visit the Raptor Trust Website.

 

See more photos on the
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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.