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    Landscape Designer Joins Refuge Team

    We are pleased to announce Miss Catherine Dennis, the newest addition to the staff at Detroit River IWR.

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    Engaging the Next Generation

    New Department of Interior Youth Initiative encourages youth to play, learn, serve, and work in the outdoors.

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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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    Discover Our WildSide!

    Catch up on the latest news from Detroit River IWR with the most recent WildSide Newsletter!

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge play an important role in protecting our nation's precious resources.

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Become a Volunteer!


Volunteers at Detroit River IWR play an important role in protecting our nation's precious resources. Check out the list of available volunteer positions and start volunteering today!

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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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  • Earth Day Film Showing at Trenton Village Theatre

    freshwater seasApril 22, 2014

    Grab your friends and family and join us this Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, at the Trenton Village Theatre for a special showing of "Freshwater Seas: The Great Lakes," a film by renowned director Lindsey Haskin. This inspiring film tells the story of the Great Lakes and the region surrounding them, charting the time from their formation nearly 15,000 years ago and describing their key role in the economic and industrial development of the region and the world.

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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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    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, Monroe Spark © Jim Ridley, Wildlife Sculpture at Refuge Gateway © DTE Energy, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2014
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