Upcoming Events

Refuge Readers. Friday, January 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Advanced Workshop For Volunteers — All About Birds. Saturday, January 24, all day. For active volunteers. Earn your Swamp Nature Guide Bird Bar. Details will be available in January. Visitor Center.

Cross-Country Skiing. Sunday, January 25, 12:30-3:30 p.m.. Strap on your cross-country skis for a special group trek in the Great Swamp Wilderness Area. Leader: Dave Sagan. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends: Urban Park Restoration. Sunday, February 8, 1:30-3 p.m. We are so fortunate to welcome back FDU Professor Brian Olechnowski to give us an update on his studies of bird population trends in urban park restoration projects. Visitor Center.

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). February 13-15, Friday, noon—4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.. You can be a Citizen Scientist! Join us for a census of winter birds at our feeders and report results to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Make a suet feeder. Continue the count on a guided walk outdoors. Learn the names of common feeder birds with our Bird Bingo! Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, January 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, March 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Join us as Refuge Rambles resume. We’ll check out signs of Spring on this informal, interpretive walk. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.

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Calling Young Artists
Enter the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest!

Stop by the Visitor Center
for Ideas and Inspiration

Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to participate in the annual New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp contest. Designs can feature native ducks, swans, or geese in their natural habitat. All students who enter will receive a certificate and their artwork will be eligible for ribbons and awards. What a great way to combine a love of nature and a love of art!

Junior Duck Stamp

Find Out More: Come to the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. Volunteers and Refuge staff will be on hand to answer questions. We have a wealth of information to help with your artwork: waterfowl reference books, duck mounts and decoys, duck stamps, and photos of Great Swamp waterfowl in their natural habitats. Download our Flyer, the Entry Form, Summary of technical requirements and eligible species list, and the Reference Form from our website.

Deadline is March 1, 2015. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and addressed to: Great Swamp NWR, 241 Pleasant Plains Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Entries may be delivered, by March 1, to the Visitor Center during visitor center hours: Thursdays and Fridays, noon – 4 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friends of Great Swamp NWR will submit all entries to the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ where state-wide judging is done in April. The State best-in-show winner advances to the national Junior Duck Stamp contest and the winning design is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp.

Artwork will be returned to the Refuge in June 2015 for an art display and recognition ceremony for all entrants. Artists can pick up their original artwork at the Visitor Center by the end of the summer.

For more information, check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp web site at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

The Visitor Center opening is
delayed until noon today,
Saturday, January 24.

See more photos on the
Refuge’s Flickr page.

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.