Upcoming Events

Migration Staffing — Wildlife Observation Center. Sunday, August 24 - Sunday, November 2. Volunteers needed!

Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, September 11 & 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Help control invasive species on the Refuge. Work days on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends: Protecting Endangered Species. Sunday, September 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Julia Shaw from Defenders of Wildlife to learn how you can be a part of protecting imperiled species. Followed by a short walk led by Ranger Dave Sagan. Visitor Center.

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Day. Friday, September 19, 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.

Refuge Readers. Friday, September 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Garden Day. Sunday, September 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to work in the gardens. No experience necessary. Visitor Center.

Fall Roadside Cleanup. Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Help pick up litter along Refuge Roads. Refuge Headquarters, 241 Pleasant Plains Road.

Greeters & Guides Volunteer Exchange. Sunday, September 28, 1—3 p.m. For experienced volunteers. Wilderness program and round-table discussion. Lunch will be provided. Visitor Center.

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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, October 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Informal interpretive walk. Visitor Center.

Volunteer Orientation. Saturday, October 11, 1:30—2:30 p.m. Interested in volunteering? Come learn about the many opportunities. For new and prospective volunteers. Visitor Center.

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National Wildlife Refuge Week
October 12 – 18

Come on over to Great Swamp National Wildlife Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Join us for guided Sunset Walks, a unique birding event, and a special Second Sunday program.

Sunset Walks every night!
Sunday, October 12 – Saturday, October 18
5:30 p.m. – dark

Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road

Easy guided walk on service roads to watch flock after flock of migrating ducks descend into the Refuge pools to spend the night. It’s awesome. A van will be available on Sunday and Thursday nights. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 973-425-9510.

Photo by David Kaplan

Photo by David Kaplan

The Big Sit!
Sunday, October 12, during Refuge hours
Meet at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road

Big Sit

Volunteers will be counting all the bird species seen or heard from the Overlook Parking Lot. Stop by any time to learn more about birds and bird identification, or to help with the count. For beginning or experienced birders. It’s a great way to learn and to participate in citizen science.

Second Sunday – Urban Park Restoration
Sunday, October 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center

We’ll welcome back Professor Brian Olechnowski for an update on his fascinating studies of bird population trends in urban park restoration projects. It’s a success story with lessons for all of us.

The days are getting shorter — and cooler — signals that fall migration is getting into full swing. Each year, during the second full week of October, wildlife refuges around the country celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, a time to visit and learn about a wildlife refuge near your home. Fall is a great time to visit Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Spend some time at the Wildlife Observation Center or at the Overlook to enjoy the fall season and the many migrating birds. Stop by the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center to find out what birds have been reported — or to report your sightings. Take advantage of our free public events. In signing the original National Wildlife Refuge Week proclamation in 1995, former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Mollie Beattie remarked: “It’s a time for all Americans to learn about and celebrate this magnificent collection of lands we as a people have set aside for wildlife.” Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at 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.