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  • 2016 Refuge Deer Hunting Permits

    Beginning Monday, August 1, at 7:00 pm, NINE (9) permits will be available for online purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.

What's Happening

Comment Period Has Closed for Draft Great Thicket Land Protection Plan

April 04, 2016

In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment was distributed for public review and comment. The comment period has now closed.

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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

  • Migrant Grassland Birds Arriving Daily


    May is the peak month for migratory birds to arrive on their northern breeding grounds. You may have already seen many Eastern Meadowlarks as they arrive much earlier than others. They are now being joined by Bobolinks, Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows and numerous other migrant songbirds. Take advantage of this great time of year by taking a walk on the refuge trails to observe these birds as they are actively displaying trying to attract mates. As always please remain on the trail or take advantage of the elevated observation platform near the parking area.

  • 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: May 16, 2016
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