About the Refuge

Shawangunk Grasslands NWR in Autumn

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, which protects 597 acres in Ulster County, NY, was established in July 1999 to support grassland-dependent migratory birds and wintering raptors. With views of the majestic Shawangunk Ridge, the refuge is among a dwindling number of sites in New York State (one of only two sites in the Hudson Valley) large enough to support the entire assemblage of northeastern grassland birds. The refuge has been identified as a Biodiversity Focus Area and an Important Bird Area (Audubon New York), a designation given only to places that support significant abundance and diversity of birds. Many of the birds found on the refuge are included on lists of endangered, threatened, special concern or priority species, including the Short-eared Owl, Northern Harrier, Upland Sandpiper, Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Horned Lark, and Bobolink. 

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge Brochure (pdf)

Contact Us

Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex
1547 Route 565
Sussex, New Jersey 07461
Phone: (973) 702-7266
Fax: (973) 702-7286
E-mail : Scott Lenhart (scott_lenhart@fws.gov)