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Nesting Grassland Birds Arriving Daily


Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is the premier location in southern New York state for nesting grassland birds. By early May, many of the nesting birds have already arrived and more are expected over the next couple of weeks. Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks are the most obvious. The musical song of the Meadowlarks can be heard almost anywhere along the trails as well as the courtship flights and songs of the Bobolinks. Less obvious are the songs of the Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows but you are also likely to see or hear them. If you are really lucky, you may catch the flight and calls of the much less common Upland Sandpiper. Many other species of songbirds will nest here including Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warbler and Eastern Bluebird to name just a few.

About the Complex

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

This complex also includes Wallkill River and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuges.

Shawangunk Grasslands is managed as part of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Page Photo Credits — Shawangunk Grasslands - Steven Brooks., All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Shawangunk grasslands in winter - Steven Brooks, Winter at Shawangunk - Steven Brooks, Spring meadow - Steven Brooks, Short-eared owl - Ed Frampton
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2015
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