Short Eared Owl

Donate to become a member of FoSGNWR and join our Community in helping to keep the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge a safe and flourishing environment for wildlife. 

Please download a  2021 Membership Form here to mail in. 

Membership forms are also available at the Refuge near the restroom and inside the gazebo. 

Protect Your Refuge - Wildlife Comes First

The spectacular Short-eared Owls and other raptors rely on the refuge's unique grassland habitat to rest and feed during the winter months. It is critical for the conservation of the species that these birds receive adequate rest and forage before migrating back to their breeding grounds. Short-Eared Owls are a New York State Endangered Species, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird of Conservation Concern in the Northeast, and a Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan priority grassland species.

The refuge manager is responsible for balancing the needs of wildlife and public recreation. At this time, management has deemed it necessary to reduce trail use within the interior areas of the grassland during peak visitation days (Friday-Sunday).

Closure starting Friday, December 18, 2020

Additional information and a printable map showing refuge trail closure points is available here.

More Information:

c/o Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge

Sussex, New Jersey.

Office hours: M-F (office closed to public due to COVID)

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 973-702-7266

Thank You 

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Image © Susan Ward

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.

Some of these passionate citizens have focused their engagement in conservation through refuge Friends organizations, now totaling more than 200 across the country with an estimated 40,000 members.

Friends of Shawangunk  Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with the unique distinction of having a mission to support the only National Wildlife Refuge in the Hudson Valley  and one of the largest Grassland habitats in the Northeastern United States.

You are crucial to the collective mission of the Refuge System to conserve and protect wildlife.

Our actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow.

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Friends of Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge


Clay Spencer

Susan Ward

John Ward

Mary Buskey

Ralph Tabor

Bethany Flint Ganley

James Waterman