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Wildlife Observation

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.

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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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Around the Refuge

Raptors and Sparrows Abound

Song Sparrow

The Liberty Loop and Winding Waters Trails are some of the best places in northern New Jersey and southern Orange County in New York to view the many shorter distant migrants such as sparrows and raptors that continue to move through the Wallkill Valley. You may expect to see good numbers of Song, White-throated, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows along with White-crowned and Fox Sparrows. If you are persistent you may find the less common Lincoln’s or Vesper Sparrow. A rare Leconte’s Sparrow was recently reported at the Liberty Loop. Northern Harrier numbers are increasing and many of these birds will over winter here. Normally this would also be the peak waterfowl migration season but due to a prolonged dry spell, water levels in the impoundments at the Liberty Loop are well below average so the numbers of ducks are below average as well.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015
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