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Volunteer Hal Fairfield is up to his neck in cattails on Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV, where he is restoring a spring that is vital to the endangered Warm Springs pupfish.
Photo Credit: USFWS

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Depends on People like the Schlechts
Al and Betty Schlecht help preserve the birds’ habitats and protect their numbers, even though the birds don’t even know they exist. Meet them here.

Matching Volunteers
When “speed dating” was suggested as a way to recruit volunteers for the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in Washington acting president Clay Nichols turned to Wikipedia to learn about  this  modern, organized way of rapidly introducing people with like interests in a facilitated social setting. Read more...

97-Year-Old Volunteer Leads Birders in Texas
Since Karl Haller began volunteering at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, seven refuge managers have come and gone. Read more...

Teen Spreads the Word on Marine Debris
Jessica Flory drew attention to the growing problem of marine debris by wearing a dress made from 87 balloons collected at Eastern Shore of Virginia Nationql Wildlife Refuge. Read a column in the Friends Forward newsletter about Jessica from former Refuge. Read more...

Adventures of a Vagabond Volunteer
Marilyn has decided to spend the next chapter of her life as a live-in volunteer at National Wildlife Refuges around the country. Read more...

Volunteer Adopts a Spring at Ash Meadows Refuge
The Adopt-a-Spring program at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV, began because of one volunteer's enthusiasm. Read more...

A Volunteer Gardens for Butterflies
On the first butterfly walk I took many years ago, the leader said, “If you build it, they will come.” As with mouse traps and baseball fields, this has proved to be true at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Learn more

If you would like to share stories of your own volunteer experiences on a National Wildlife Refuge or National Fish Hatchery, send short articles and photos to RefugeUpdate@fws.gov.

Last updated: September 23, 2015
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