From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.
In addition to the volunteer corps, more than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex, or an entire state. Like volunteers, Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.
Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. For more information, contact the Refuge staff at 719-589-4021 or the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges.
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Look for the striking plumage of these graceful birds. They sweep their bills side to side to find food in shallow ponds.