As of early December, there are reports of several Short-eared Owls and a couple of Rough-legged Hawks being seen at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR and as the season moves on, their numbers should increase. You can also expect to find numerous Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks and possibly an American Kestrel. The best time to view Short-eared Owls is around dusk when the owls are just becoming active. Northern Harriers are often times still active at this time and they may interact with the owls and put on a nice show before they settle down for the night. If you are really lucky, you may see owls active in the middle of the afternoon but that only happens occasionally. Learn about wildlife on the refuge
About the 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
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
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 Fran_Stephenson@fws.gov or 973-702-7266 x 10 if you are interested and want more information.
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR is a natural area without restroom facilities or potable water sources. Please plan accordingly before visiting.Information to plan your visit.
Shawangunk Grasslands offers a variety of ways to enjoy the refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting.Learn about activities on the refuge
Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge was established to support grassland-dependent migratory birds and wintering raptors. The refuge has been identified as a Biodiversity Focus Area and an Important Bird Area (Audubon New York), a designation given only to places that support significant abundance and diversity of birds.
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: Dec 09, 2014