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    Should we help it?!

    Wondering if you need to help "abandoned" wildlife? Looking for a number of a wildlife Rehabilitator?

    Follow this link for more information!

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    Hunting and Fishing Permits

    Getting your hunting/fishing permit for the Refuge is as easy as hitting "Print"! Just follow the link below.

    Brochure Page

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    Who's Calling?

    Learn about some of the commonly heard frog and toads in western Kentucky.

    Sounds of Frogs

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    Appealing to You and Wildlife!

    Consider native plants for your garden; they are beneficial to wildlife and look attractive in your yard at the same time.

    Here is a list of plants native to southeastern US.

Enjoy the Outdoors Safely

Severe Weather

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Spring and summer in western Kentucky is a beautiful time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, but it can also be a time of severe weather. For this reason, it is always important to check the forecast before making outdoor recreation plans, but if you do get caught outside here are some things you can do. During a thunderstorm, if you can return to your car or get to shelter that would be best. If you cannot, seek low areas under small trees. During a flash flood, seek higher ground. If you are driving and come to a road covered with water, "Turn Around Don't Drown". In high winds or a possible tornado, do not seek shelter in your vehicle. Vehicles are easily tossed around in the wind; a solid structure would be a better choice. If that is not possible seek a low flat area and cover your head with your hands and a coat/blanket. After a storm remember to stay away from power lines and other potentially dangerous debris.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp's Best of Show

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    This year the Best of Show Art was a Fulvous Whistling Duck created by Brennan Schaefer from Union, KY. Our Best of Show Conservation Message was written by Finn Wooten of Salem, KY. His message was, "A ruddy duck is better than a muddy duck, so let's keep its home clean." They will both go on to represent Kentucky at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest in April.

  • Their Back!!

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    It's that time of year again! Things are beginning to bloom and the hummingbirds are back!

    Follow this link to learn about these tiny birds.
  • Where are we?!

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    We are often asked about how someone could tell if they were on or off refuge property. All refuge property is clearly marked on the outside boundary with yellow paint hash marks and blue goose boundary signs. Some landowners adjacent to the refuge may mark their boundary with blue paint hash marks and no trespassing signs. Trespassing on posted or unmarked private property is a violation of Kentucky State law.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2015
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