Upcoming Events

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

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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.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEK. October 12-18. Sunset walks every night, 5:30 p.m.-dark. Join us to watch the many species of migrating ducks that descend into the Refuge pools to spend the night. It’s awesome! Easy walk on service roads. Van available Sunday and Thursday nights; space in the van is limited — reservations required. Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Township, NJ.

Citizen Science Opportunity!

Big Sit

Friends’ Swamp Sitters Host The Big Sit! Sunday, October 12, Dawn to dusk. Learn more about birds and bird identification during this annual event. Stop by during the day and join the fun — for a little while… or longer! Takes place at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road.

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Second Sunday with Friends: Great Swamp’s Duck Hotel! Sunday, October 12, 1:30-3 p.m. Thousands of ducks rest and feed at the Refuge during their fall migration journey. Join Ranger Dave Sagan as he explains Refuge management activities which are used to help waterfowl, along with some duck ID tips! Following the program, we’ll join The Big Sit (optional). Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, October 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Autumn Across America by Edwin Way Teale. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Youth Deer Hunt. Saturday, November 1. Refuge closed, except Wilderness Area.

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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, November 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Informal interpretive walk. 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 – Great Swamp’s Duck Hotel!
Sunday, October 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center

Thousands of ducks rest and feed at the Refuge during their fall migration journey. Join Ranger Dave Sagan as he explains Refuge management activities which are used to help waterfowl, along with some duck ID tips! Following the program, we’ll join The Big Sit (optional).

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.

PLEASE NOTE that as of Saturday, October 4, The Friends of Great Swamp NWR Nature Shop, operated by the Friends on behalf of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is temporarily closed due to changes in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Policy regarding Friends’ nature stores. The Visitor Center will remain open regular hours.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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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.