The well maintained trails at the refuge provide many opportunities to view the wide variety of migrating sparrows and raptors that are passing through the refuge at this time of year. Another good place to start is at our new observation platform that is easily reached right from the parking lot. A good variety of sparrows are passing through on their way south – you can expect to see many of the common species such as Song, Swamp, White-throated and Savannah and if you are fortunate you may see White-crowned, Lincoln’s or Vesper Sparrows although they are not common. As the season 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 November and will usually be seen here throughout the winter.
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: Oct 15, 2015