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
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
Starting Friday July 10th, 2015 at 7:00pm, NINE (9) permits will be available for purchase online through Kinsail Corporation on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate that these permits will sell out quickly.
Please be prepared ahead of time. Have your hunt license number and credit card ready. Details
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: Jun 19, 2015