A Seabird Rescue Takes Wing

So how do scientists go about coaxing rare seabirds to adopt a safer nesting site? With a lot of patience and hope. Read the details from Kilauea, Hawaii here.

Kankakee Refuge Established in Illinois

Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was officially established about 100 miles south of Chicago with land donated by the Friends of the Kankakee. The refuge will be open in the near future for public hunting of deer and turkey as well as wildlife observation and photography. Read more here.

Enjoy These Offbeat Refuge Events

You like a little novelty with your outdoor fun? Check out one or more of these upcoming events on national wildlife refuges. Read more about scorpion hunts, crystal digs, wolf howls, bison-building challenges and more here.

"They Actually Swam with the Dinosaurs"

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MS, offers perfect habitat for alligator gar, an enormous, mostly freshwater fish. Find out how the refuge is discovering more about this ancient fish here, in the newest issue of Refuge Update.

Refuges Offer New Photography Opportunities

With the world of wildlife photography splashed across such social media platforms as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, Friends groups and refuges are embracing digital photography. Read more in the current issue of our Friends Forward newsletter here.

Fishing Made Easy

So this is the year you’ve vowed to teach the small fry how to fish? Just take a trip to your nearest refuge. Here are lots of opportunities.

Find Your Refuge

Find national wildlife refuges near your home or travel destination by clicking the state, then clicking the refuge name to visit each refuge Web site and learn about all there is to see and do. Use the dropdown menu to find refuges by state, alphabet, zip code and more. Also be sure to check our Special Events calendar and other sections to find out about birding, hunting, fishing, trails, photography and more fun on refuges.

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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become complex. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission. Read More...

Conserving the Future

Since 2010, the National Wildlife Refuge System has embarked on strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.

The efforts have culminated in an array of plans and products that strive for new ways to conserve America’s wildlife and wildlife places. Read More...