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Downy woodpecker - Cindy Kreticos.

There are wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year at Featherstone refuge. Visit our Wildlife and Habitat page to learn more about some of the common species on the refuge.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Featherstone is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

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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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Around the Refuge

  • Youth Summer Employment


    The Youth Conservation Corps is a federally funded work-learn-earn program for youth ages 15 to 18 years aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation's environmental and natural heritage. Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex is now accepting applications for Summer 2015.

    YCC Information and Application
  • Internship Opportunities

    Does working outdoors, leading programs, or maintaining trails interest you? Our team is recruiting highly motivated individuals to serve in our 2015 Internship Program. Click below for more information.

    2015 Internship Position Announcements
  • Volunteers Needed!

    Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

    Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures. Learn more on our Get Involved page.

    Click here for 2015 Volunteer Opportunities
  • Visitor Activities

    Refuge trail - USFWS.

    Public access to Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is limited due to the railroad, though recenty a non-motorized boat landing was constructed for public use. Check out our Visitor Activities page for more information about how to visit the refuge.

    Visitor Activities
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mouth Farm Creek - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2015
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