Upcoming Events

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, August 1 & 15, September 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.

Nature on Film—Lunch & a Movie. Thursday, August 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Return of the Cuyahoga: the story of the rebirth of Ohio’s most polluted river. Bring a “green bag” lunch; drinks & cookies provided. Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends: All About Bats. Sunday, August 10, 1:30-3 p.m. Join Melissa Gallo for an update on bat research and monitoring. See the article in the News column at the right for details. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, August 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Discussion of An American River by Mary Bruno. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Garden Day. Sundays, August 23, September 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to work in the gardens. No experience necessary. Visitor Center.

Invasive Species Control Work Days. Thursdays, August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Help control invasive species on the Refuge. Work days on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

Wildlife Observation Center — Migration Staffing Orientation. Saturday, August 23, 1:30—2:30 p.m. Volunteers needed to greet visitors during the busy migration season. Join us for an orientation session. For all volunteers —experienced and new! Wildlife Observation Center.

Migration Staffing — Wildlife Observation Center. Sunday, August 24 - Sunday, November 2. Volunteers Needed!

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Second Sunday at Great Swamp NWR
Sunday, August 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
All About Bats

Summer 2014 Interns with Laurel Gould & Karen English

Photo by Adam Mann

There are nine species of bats in New Jersey — and they are in trouble. White Nose Syndrome has killed over 5.5 million bats in the Northeast and Canada and the disease is spreading rapidly. There is no control or treatment at this time for White Nose Syndrome. In fact, the once-common Little Brown Bat has been proposed for listing on the New Jersey Threatened and Endangered List, the Northern Long-Eared Bat has been proposed for the Federal Threatened and Endangered List, and the Refuge is also home to the Federally-endangered Indiana Bat. Bats eat thousands of insect pests and provide a significant economic benefit for farmers and foresters — and for all of us (think mosquitos!)

Learn more…

On Sunday, August 10, join us for a program on Bats in New Jersey with a focus on bats at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Melissa Gallo, a graduate student at William Paterson University, will provide an update on White Nose Syndrome and the research she is doing on the Refuge to monitor, track, identify, and attract bats. You’ll learn more about these small flying mammals and the work that’s being done to help their species — and some ideas for what you can do to help. For all ages.


Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
32 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township, NJ

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.