Upcoming Events

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19, July 17, 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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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, May 3, 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.

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International Migratory Bird Day Mother’s Day Bird Walk. Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Improve your birding skills and learn to identify the spring migrants. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Join us… whether you know a little or a lot! Visitor Center.

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All About Bluebirds. Sunday, May 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. with volunteer Leo Hollein. Indoor presentation followed by a peek inside an active bluebird nest box. Visitor Center.

Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23 9 a.m.-noon. Help con-trol invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, May 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Book TBA. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Garden Work Day. Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers needed! No experience necessary! Visitor Center.

Volunteer Orientation. Sunday, May 17, 1:30—3 p.m. Come learn about volunteer opportunities. Visitor Center.

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Endangered Species Day. Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m.-noon. The turtles are back! Come learn about endangered species and welcome the head-start turtles back home. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspectors will be on hand to display some of the confiscated wildlife commodities that are illegally smuggled into the country. Visitor Center.

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International Migratory Bird Day
Restore Habitat, Restore Birds

Join us on Sunday, May 10

Bird Walk

Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge is a special place for many birds as they migrate along the Atlantic Flyway. For some birds, the Refuge is the right habitat to provide food and shelter while they are on their migration path. For other birds, it is their destination  — the perfect place for breeding and their summer home.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk

Red knot and horseshoe crab

Blue-winged Warbler
Photo by Robert Lin

What birds are migrating here in the spring? Join us for a guided walk. It’s a great chance to improve your birding skills and learn to identify the spring migrants. For a close-up view, bring binoculars, or borrow ours. Meet at the Visitor Center for this walk from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 10.


Red knot and horseshoe crab

Bluebird. Photo by Larry West

All About Bluebirds

One special resident of the great Swamp is the bluebird. These colorful, musical birds begin their lives inside the tiniest, bluest eggs you’ve ever seen. On Sunday, May 10, from 1:30—3:30 p.m., volunteer Leo Hollein will present a program on bluebirds. We will begin with an indoor presentation, then go outside to take a peek inside an active bluebird nest box.

Restore Habitat, Restore Birds

Both these events are linked to this year’s International Migratory Bird Day theme. So join us at the Visitor Center on Sunday, May 10 and enjoy birding theme activities and crafts for kids (and adults). While they last, we’ll have free Bird Day posters, too.

Loss and degradation of habitat are primary threats to bird populations. We can do many things to Restore Habitat, Restore Birds. We can actively support large places, like Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, that provide important habitat for birds, plants and other creatures.  And our own yards provide habitat, too. So by the choices we make in our yards, we can provide more food, water and shelter for birds. For example, we can select native plants, avoid using chemicals, and spend time outdoors to enjoy and be more aware of birds!

Here are more ideas:
20 Ways to Conserve Birds, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and http://www.birdday.org/


Great News

The Visitor Center will now be open daily, 10 to 4, beginning May 1. The Friends Nature Shop will be open Thursday and Friday, Noon - 4, weekends, 10 to 4.

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.