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Short Eared Owl

Fall of 2017

Raptor Day, October 2017

Image © Jess Deitz

Thank you for coming to Raptor Day 2017.

Experiencing your smiles and happiness makes the work we do even more worth it. We appreciate your generous contributions and the respect you gave to the Refuge grounds and Raptors.

A very special thank you to Annie Mardiney and friends of Wild Mountain Birds. It’s always a treat when Annie comes to visit! Follow Wild mountain birds to stay informed about their great work and see where they're headed next.

Thank you to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for providing a beautiful place such as the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge for all to enjoy.

We appreciate the great work behind the scenes of our President, Scott Lenhart, Social Media Director, Susan Ward and Treasurer, Clay Spencer.

Last but not least thank you for the hard work of our Volunteers assisting an estimated 500 people for the day:  Scott Lenhart USFWS (Vol.), and Anita Falcone.

A special shout out to Denise, an event goer visiting with her Granddaughter who jumped right in to help with parking.. thankful to have you as a part of our team for the day!      

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See you next time

More exciting news coming soon!

Summer of 2017

Thanks to Friends contributions, we've purchased a new Bird Blind for the Refuge!

Additionally, our existing Bird Blinds have been upgraded with Hornet Spray, Coat Hangers and new Roofs.

We would also like to thank USFWS Volunteers Ralph Tabor and Scott Lenhart for their work in completing the upgrades.


A new Pollinator Garden was made possible by John Burroughs Natural History Society, Kalleco Plant NurseryFriends of the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR and USFWS Volunteers.

Throughout the Summer, Guardian Members and Volunteers have contributed towards watering and weeding to keep the garden thriving. More than a dozen Monarch Caterpillars were seen enjoying their new space this Summer!

Enjoy this time-lapse of the install.

Thank you to all for your generous contributions!

Spring of 2017

Thank you to Clay Spencer for this new Screech Owl Box.. Look for it at the Refuge!

Bluebird Nesting Boxes have been donated by Friends member Stephen Schumacher and members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club! The guests are loving their new homes. 

Thanks to all who Volunteered for the Earth Day cleanup..

The Refuge looks fantastic!

Volunteers did some Spring cleaning and repairs on our existing Bluebird Boxes. What a fun day!

Thank you to all who participated and to USFWS (Vol.) Ralph Tabor for leading the group.

Image © Jess Deitz