From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.
More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.
The Pixley and Kern National Wildlife Refuges have ongoing volunteer opportunities available. Some of these opportunities involve biological surveys, non-native plant eradication, and habitat management and maintenance. Depending on the duration of hours, on site housing is available as well as a monthly stipend. Please contact the Refuge headquarters for more information at 661-725-2767. For more information on volunteering on land owned and administered by the federal government, please visit volunteer.gov/gov.
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The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.