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Refuge Hunt Permits
The process for obtaining a refuge hunt permit has changed. Follow the link and obtain your permit today.
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
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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Around the Refuge
After another long, cold winter the signs of spring are starting to appear everywhere. As you make your way around the refuge, the Red and Silver Maples are in full flower. Colt’s Foot, which is one of the very first flowers that bloom along the road sides is coming up as well. If you are walking any of the wood land trails, Skunk Cabbage is also up and the small yellow flowers of the shrub called Spicebush are about to open. On sunny days the first of the early season butterflys are in flight – you can expect to see Mourning Cloak, Eastern Comma and Spring Azure. Spring Peepers and American Toads are calling in the wetlands with other species joining in as the season progresses. One other thing to be aware of at this time is as you are driving around many turtles are moving about and can be seen crossing roads frequently so please be cautious if you see a turtle in the road.
The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 26, 2015