Hunting permit process has changed
Refuge permits must now be purchased online.
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Refuge Seeking Comments on Hunt Plan
The refuge is proposing to open new lands to hunting (including areas within NY State) and add small game and bear hunting.
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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
Through late August, we continue to see well above average numbers of Great Egrets at the Liberty Loop management impoundments. As the water levels have continued to drop due to lack of rainfall, these birds are concentrated in smaller areas where water is present. The best area for viewing right now is on the west side of the Liberty Loop Trail. There were also up to 3 Glossy Ibis being seen regularly but that was down to only one recently. Shorebird numbers have dropped off as well but as cold fronts pass through the area, you can expect additional migrant flocks to stopover to feed. At this time of year, there is also a continuous flight of migrating Bobolinks passing overhead and they will often come down to feed in the open fields. The Winding Waters Trail is usually the best place to observe these birds.
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: Sep 02, 2014