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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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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

Birding at Liberty Loop Trail

Egrets at Liberty Loop Trail

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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014
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