The Friends of the Potomac River Refuges (FOPRR) was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the wildlife and habitats of the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex and to provide assistance to refuge programs. What does FOPRR do? Members assist refuge staff with organizing and staffing events. Serve as advocates for the Potomac River Refuges and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Assist with refuge community awareness, outreach, and conservation efforts. And support opportunities to take action in preserving the wildlife in our community. To find out more about FOPRR visit www.foprr.org.
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American black ducks have been observed using Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge year-round. The ducks congregate within Farm Creek, which provides highly suitable sheltered emergent wetlands. This preserved habitat is especially important for black ducks since the species is suffering from loss of breeding and wintering grounds throughout their range.