National Wildlife Refuge System


Inventory and Monitoring

K-9  Nate with marijuana seized on Cabeza Prieta Refuge, AZ
Roseate spoonbills

The Refuge System needs the finest science to manage its lands and waters efficiently to support wildlife conservation.  Monitoring is a vital part of that.  Today, wildlife refuges face issues that originate beyond their boundaries.  The NPRC Inventory and Monitoring Initiative gathers, synthesizes and shares standardized data so wildlife and habitats are protected.  This initiative provides critical information to local refuges as well as regional and national wildlife professionals. 


Priority Projects

I&M Program to Employees in the Field: "We Can Help"  


Few initiatives are more vital to the Conserving the Future goal of bolstering the scientific underpinning of National Wildlife Refuge System wildlife management than the Inventory and Monitoring program.  More from Refuge Update September October 2012 

  • Abiotic Resources – Baseline Geospatial Data, Hydrogeomorphic Analysis (HGM)
  • Biotic Resources – T&E Species, Refuge Vulnerability Assessments (RVA), Phenology
  • Water Quality & Quantity – National Wetland Inventories (NWI), Water Resource Inventories and Assessments (WRIA)
  • Invasive Species Inventories
  • Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)
  • Data Management – Fish and Wildlife Service Catalog (ServCat), Planning and Review of Inventory & Monitoring on Refuges (PRIMR)
  • Wilderness Character Monitoring

I&M Program to Employees in the Field: "We Can Help"

Few initiatives are more vital to the Conserving the Future goal of bolstering the scientific underpinning of National Wildlife Refuge System wildlife management than the Inventory and Monitoring program.  More from Refuge Update September October 2012


K-9  Nate with marijuana seized on Cabeza Prieta Refuge, AZ
Beaver Creek, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Pintail Duck
Pintail drake
Last updated: July 5, 2013