Short-eared Owl

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.

Our  Refuge is spectacular in so many ways, from its high-quality wildlife observation opportunities to views across its expansive grassland habitat of the Shawangunk Ridge. 

Here's a sample of what  you might experience while visiting.

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Image © Susan Ward

Please Join Us

Donate to become a member of Friends of Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge and join our Community in helping to keep the

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge a safe and flourishing environment for wildlife. 

Please download a Membership Form here to mail in. 

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

Annual memberships are January 1st - December 31st.

Life memberships are also available.

Your membership and generous donations enable us to continue to maintain the Refuge

and the high-quality wildlife observation opportunities you have come to expect at SGNWR.

Please join us by becoming a member today!

Help around the Refuge is always appreciated and may range from

cleaning out bluebird nest boxes to weeding and maintaining our pollinator garden. 

If you'd like to volunteer, or perhaps have some suggestions, please email us at

Thank you.

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 Officers

Bethany Ganley-Waterman - President

Mary Buskey - Treasurer

Karen Maloy Brady - Secretary

John Ward - Director

Susan Ward - Director

Ralph Tabor - Director

James Waterman - Director

Clay Spencer - Director