Volunteer Orientation. Saturday, March 28, 1:30—2:30 p.m. Interested in volunteering? Need Community Service hours? Come learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. For new and prospective volunteers. Visitor Center.
Nature on Film — Crash: A Tale of Two Species. Thursday, April 2, 12:30—1:30 p.m. The story of the red knot and the horseshoe crab — a compelling look at how every species is inter-connected. Bring your lunch. Visitor Center.
Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, April 3 & 17, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Help eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Work days on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.
Garden Work Day. Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Help weed and plant. No experience necessary. Visitor Center.
Spring Roadside Cleanup. Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Help pick up litter along Refuge roads. Refuge Headquarters, 241 Pleasant Plains Road.
Second Sunday with Friends: Horseshoe Crabs. Sunday, April 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Bob Loveland for a fascinating look at horseshoe crabs, their importance to migratory birds — and to us! Visitor Center.
Refuge Readers. Friday, April 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of The Snoring Bird by Bernd Heinrich. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.
Volunteer Orientation. Sunday, April 26, 1:30—3 p.m. Interested in volunteering? Need Community Service hours? Come learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. For new and prospective volunteers. Visitor Center.
Frog Walk. Sunday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Join us on an evening interpretive walk to learn spring frogs by their calls! Meet at Wildlife Observation Center.
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January- June 2015 (pdf, Adobe Reader required).
Living Fossils – Horseshoe Crabs
Every spring horseshoe crabs come up on New Jersey beaches and lay millions of eggs in the sand. And every spring, thousands of migrating birds reach the New Jersey beaches at just the right time to fatten up on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing their long migration north. Join the Friends to learn more about this incredible relationship of bird and arthropod and the threats to their survival.
Red knot and horseshoe crab
Thursday, April 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Watch the movie Crash: A Tale of Two Species which documents this interrelationship, with a focus on the small shorebird called a Red Knot, which recently received federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Sunday, April 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Dr. Bob Loveland has been publishing research papers on the horseshoe crab and will share some of the amazing characteristics of this ancient animal which lived before the dinosaurs and explore some of the current threats to their survival.
These free programs are held at the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. No registration is required.
Click on the Great Swamp NWR link in the top right corner below to go to the eBird website. There you can look at the data in more detail.