The Friends of Great Swamp NWR host a series of interesting, fun, and educational programs every month. Download the complete Calendar of Events for the current listings.
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Friends’ Swamp Sitters Host The Big Sit! @ Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road
Oct 8 all-day

Paw PrintLearn more about birds and bird identification during this annual citizen science event. Stop by during the day and join the count—for a little while… or longer! Event takes place at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road.

Christmas Bird Count — Citizen Science Opportunity! @ Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road
Dec 16 all-day

This is an annual count when thousands of people, all over the country, spend a day counting birds, gathering data on the number and species of birds seen and heard. Even if you are a novice birder, you can join a team — and learn from the many birding experts. It’s fun, easy, and a nice day outdoors. Call the Visitor Center for more information and contacts.

Prefer to stay indoors? The Friends will be counting the birds at our feeders. Join us and learn the common winter feeder birds and contribute to the Christmas Bird Count data.

Great Backyard Bird Count – Citizen Science Opportunity! @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm

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You can be a citizen scientist!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a worldwide, free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.

  • Join us for a census of winter birds at our feeders. Results are reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology..
  • Continue the count outdoors on a guided walk.
  • Learn the names of common feeder birds with Bird Bingo!
  • Make a suet feeder and other activities and crafts for kids.

This is a great way to learn about birds and to get started birding. Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Visitor Center.