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Refuge Hunt Permits
The process for obtaining a refuge hunt permit has changed. Follow the link and obtain your permit today.
Prescribed Burn Planned for May
Preparations are underway for a prescribed burn on Refuge land in Vernon Township.
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
As of March 20, the calendar may say spring but winter has yet to release its’ grasp completely. During the past week, water started to open up in our impoundments at the Liberty Marsh however nighttime temperatures in the teens refroze the open water. In spite of this, spring will get here soon and once the waters open up you can expect to see large flocks of migratory waterfowl over the next few weeks. Northern Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks and Green-winged Teal are usually the most numerous migrants but you should also expect to see Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser and American Wigeon. There are also much less common species such as Redhead, Canvasback and Horned Grebe that are seen from time to time. As the month progresses there may also be some large flights of Tree Swallows moving through during the day. A day time visit is the best way to see and identify the many species of fowl passing through but an evening visit just around and after sunset can be very rewarding as well as hundreds to thousands of fowl may be seen in silhouette as they return to the marsh to spend the night.
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 09, 2015