International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds.
Christmas Bird Count
Everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition.
Endangered Species Day
Learn about everyday actions you can take to help protect our disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space.
National Wildlife Refuge Week
National Wildlife Refuge week is in mid-October, but there are events throughout the year on refuges across the country.
National Wildlife Refuge Calendar of Events
Did You Know....
Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Understandably, the Federal Duck Stamp has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America’s natural resources.Learn More about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest
About the Complex
Objectives are to protect, preserve, restore and enhance threatened and endangered species and their habitats; provide life requirements of waterfowl, migratory birds, and resident wildlife.
Long Lake is managed as part of the Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Conservation and You
Nature turns frowns upside down. Studies indicate that children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and may further benefit by learning confidence and social skills. In nature, kids and families get a chance to move at life’s natural pace, where time disappears, no one is bored, and exploration turns into fun adventure.Learn about more exciting things to do.
Watch amazing live feed from one of the many US Fish and Wildlife Web Cams!Watch Now!
Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Learn More
The piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests. The bird's name derives from its call notes, plaintive bell-like whistles which are often heard before the birds are seen.
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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2014