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    Refuges & The Next Generation

    The new NWR Vision document outlines a blueprint for 21st century conservation success.

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    Sturgeon Show and Tell

    USFWS Fisheries Biologists educate youth with a show and tell lake sturgeon lesson on the water!

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    Byways to Flyways

    Habitat and wildlife found along the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie offer world class opportunities for birding enthusiasts!

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    Grassy Island Updates

    Stay informed and discover the important work being done to protect and remediate important trust resources like Grassy Island.

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    2013 Annual Report Available

    Check out the 2013 Annual Report and catch up on the many exciting happenings taking place at America's ONLY international wildlife refuge!

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Eagle Tour 2015

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Now is the time to register for the Eagle Tour 2015 Lottery! You can register by following the link. Registration closes January 5th.

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Detroit River IWR is nearly 6,000 acres of islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shorelines. Find out more about the units that make up the nation's ONLY international wildlife refuge.

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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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    Happy New Year! We know 2013 will be full of excitement

  • Visitor Center Construction

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    Construction for the NEW Detroit River IWR Visitor Center is underway! Expected completion for the 12,000 square foot, Gold-LEED certified facility is Fall 2015.

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  • New Wildlife Sculpture at Refuge Gateway

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    In September, trusted refuge partner, DTE Energy, worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to erect a 16 foot tall, steel, wildlife sculpture just north of Humbug Marsh at the Refuge Gateway site, home to the refuge's future visitor center. The sculpture, "an amazing piece of nature art," will welcome thousands of projected annual visitors to North America's only international wildlife refuge.

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  • Get the Latest Scoop!

    Something exciting is always happening at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Check out our Wildside Newsletter and catch up on our latest news with Refuge Press Releases.

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Page Photo Credits — View from the Refuge Gateway © Jerry Jourdan, Wildlife Sculpture at Refuge Gateway © DTE Energy, Youth Duck Hunters © Joe Robison, Michigan, DNR
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014
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