Hunting permit process has changed
Refuge permits must now be purchased online.
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Refuge Seeking Comments on Hunt Plan
The refuge is proposing to open new lands to hunting (including areas within NY State) and add small game and bear hunting.
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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
The last week of July has seen a significant influx of herons and egrets at the Liberty Loop. More than 50 Great Blue Herons and at least 35 Great Egrets were reported. Immature Little Blue Heron and Glossy Ibis have also been seen recently. Shorebird migration is underway as well – mostly Least Sandpipers are being seen but you may also find Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs and the much rarer Stilt Sandpiper. Although the numbers of birds and species will vary, you can expect to see many of these birds coming and going over the next couple of months. The best viewing opportunities are on the west side and the back corner of the Liberty Loop Trail which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. This can be accessed from Oil City Road where there is a parking lot for the 2.5 mile Liberty Loop Trail or from our new facility on Owens Station Road. The parking lot at Owens Station is not open permanently yet, but you can park outside the gate and walk north along the trail to the back of the Liberty Loop. This walk is less than a mile. If you park at Owens Station, please do not block any gate access. A spotting scope is recommended for viewing shorebirds.
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: Aug 25, 2014