Hunt Fee Proposal Up For Public Comment
Wallkill River Refuge is proposing a change to the hunt fee structure for refuge hunts and is seeking public input.
Prescribed Fire Planned For Refuge
This spring the refuge is planning to burn 64 acres of grasslands along the Dagmar Dale Trail in order to enhance and restore habitat.
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
Vernal pools are seasonal bodies of water that fill as the water table rises with melting snow and spring rains. They are usually isolated and do not have any fish in them. It is expected that in most years’ they will dry up at some point in the summer ensuring that fish cannot survive in them. Fish would predate the eggs of the amphibians that depend on these pools to survive. Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders are the residents of these pools that we are mostly concerned with. They have already migrated to the pools on rainy nights earlier in the season and have been breeding for a couple of weeks by now. In addition to the above mentioned species, we will often find Spring Peepers, Green Frogs, Pickerel Frogs, Red-spotted Newts and Spotted Turtles in these pools.
We are participating in a long term research project which was initiated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) called the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) for the Northeast Region. Early spring is when refuge staff conducts surveys. Information on the size, ph, water temperature and vegetation is some of the data that is collected and submitted to the USGS. We also count the number of egg masses for each species that we find. This information is added to a data base along with that of other refuges and parks in this region. We also use this project as a field biology teaching tool for local high school and college students who visit the refuge and help us perform these surveys.
The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014