Upcoming Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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Two nights!
Spring Woodcock Walks. Sundays, March 15 & 22, 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.

Refuge Readers. Friday, March 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of North With Spring by Edwin Way Teale. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Refuge Work Day. Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Join us for Spring Cleanup at the Wildlife Observation Center.

Spring Migration Staffing — Wildlife Observation Center. Sunday, March 22 - Sunday, June 14. Volunteers needed!

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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!

Junior Duck Stamp

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.

Friends of Great Swamp NWR will submit all entries to the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ where state-wide judging is done in April. The State best-in-show winner advances to the national Junior Duck Stamp contest and the winning design is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp.

Artwork will be returned to the Refuge in June 2015 for an art display and recognition ceremony for all entrants. Artists can pick up their original artwork at the Visitor Center by the end of the summer.

For more information, check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp web site at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

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.