Welcome to the Friends of Great Swamp NWR Website

Our independent, non-profit organization is committed to protecting and supporting Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The 8,000 acre Refuge, located in Morris County, New Jersey, provides excellent recreational opportunities for visitors as well as protecting valuable habitat for wildlife. Look here for upcoming events, things to do, and ways you can help.

Download the Event Calendar: October 2016 - March 2017 (pdf, Adobe Reader required).

Recent Bird Sightings

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.

See more photos on the Great Swamp NWR Flickr page.

2016 Refuge Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winning wildlife photo by Robert Lin

Winning wildlife photo by Robert Lin

The winners of the 2016 Photo Contest were announced at the 17th annual Great Swamp Fall Festival on September 10, 2016. Thank you to all of the 23 photographers who participated in our contest and congratulations to our winners. Our Photo Library now contains more than 1,000 Great Swamp NWR images — an invaluable collection for publications, websites, publicity, videos and more. This resource is used by the Friends, the Refuge, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years to this incredible, rich and diverse library. You can view the winning photographs on our Photo Contest Winners page.

The Winners:

Category: Birds First place: Jim Duffy Second place: Chuck Hantis Honorable mention: Stephanie Smith Category: Butterflies and Other Pollinators First place: Jim Duffy Second place: Mike Duffy Honorable mention: T.C. Chiang Category: Landscape First place: Richard Harris Second place: Jim Duffy Honorable mention: Brian Fruehling Category: Plants First place: Maureen Duffy Second place: Robert Stapperfenne Honorable mention: Carol Duffy Category: Wilderness First place: Jim Duffy Second place: Gay Raab Honorable mention: Robert Stapperfenne Category: Wildlife First place: Robert Lin Second place: Jim Duffy Honorable mention: Dorota Jansiewicz Category: Youth First place: Justine Wang Honorable mention: Caitlin Moy Honorable mention: Samantha Moy Honorable mention: Johnny Van Saders Thank you to our judges Jim Gilbert, professional wildlife photographer and Bill Koch, former Refuge Manager.

The 2017 contest has begun! The deadline is June 30, 2017. The categories are:

Birds Wildlife (other than birds) Plants Landscapes Youth (16 and under)

The entry form will be available soon. In the meantime, come on over to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and bring your camera. National Wildlife Refuge Week – Special Evening Just For Photographers This year, for the first time, we will have a special Sunset Walk during National Wildlife Refuge Week just for photographers. The walk will start at 4:45 p.m. from the Bluebird Parking Lot. We’ll walk to the impoundment pools where you will have time to set up your equipment early. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 973-425-9510 to register.
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