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: July-December 2016 (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.

Previous news stories can be found here.