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Annual Turkey Walk at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, November 30, 2013
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Winter at the Impoundment
Winter at the Impoundment - Photo Credit: Dorothy Smullen

On November 30, 2013 40 visitors braved a cold, windy day for the Annual Turkey Walk hosted by the Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.The guided walk around a managed  impoundment area is a chance for visitors to see places on the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Those who led the walk pointed out  different ways in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages a variety of  habitat for wildlife. A Special Use Permit is required for this type of program.

 

Due to cold weather, much of the open water was covered with a thin layer of ice resulting in a low waterfowl count for the day. However visitors did see an opossum, not a common sighting. Everyone enjoyed the quiet beauty of the marsh on a winter afternoon. The Friends have been hosting the Turkey Walk on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for more than ten years without ever seeing a wild turkey during the walk. This year was no exception. However, one walk leader on her way home, reported that a flock of twenty-two turkeys stopped traffic crossing one of the refuge roads.


Contact Info: Jonathan Rosenberg, 973-425-0215 x 115, jonathan_rosenberg@fws.gov



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