"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.

Junior Duck Stamp Winner

Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, CA, took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest for her colored-pencil rendition of a pair of snow geese. Read the details here.

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.

Grants to Protect Waterfowl & Birds

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved more than $48 million to protect more than 275,000 acres of wetland and upland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America. Read the details here.

Fire Staff Recognized for Safe Response to Flooding

Seven wildland firefighters stationed at Wichita Mountains Refuge, OK, were recently awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fire Safety Award for sustained safe performance during flash flood recovery efforts in May 2015. Read the details here.

Record Year for Whooping Cranes

A new survey shows 329 whooping cranes, including 38 juveniles, centered at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, TX – the highest ever documented for this resident population. Find out more 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...