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Late Fall Migration

Savannah Sparrow

The newly established trails at the refuge provide many opportunities to view the wide variety of migrating sparrows and raptors that are passing through the refuge in November. Many Song, White-throated, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows can be found here along with the less common White-crowned, Fox and Vesper Sparrows. As the month progresses raptor numbers should be on the increase. Expect to see the most common hawk – the Red-tail Hawk along with Northern Harriers. Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls may arrive by late in the month and will usually be seen here throughout the winter.

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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Important Things to Know

  • We Need Your Help!


    Shawangunk Grasslands NWR is looking for people who value and enjoy this refuge; people who appreciate this public land and want to enhance and promote programs and activities that involve the community and support the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This is the role of a Friends Group. Please contact or 973-702-7266 x 10 if you are interested and want more information.

  • Plan your visit

    Short-eared Owls

    Shawangunk Grasslands NWR is a natural area without restroom facilities or potable water sources. Please plan accordingly before visiting.

    Information to plan your visit.
  • Things to do

    Trail in Winter

    Shawangunk Grasslands offers a variety of ways to enjoy the refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting.

    Learn about activities on the refuge
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: Nov 10, 2014
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