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  • Monthly Bird Count

    April and May Program Schedule

    There are lots of opportunities to explore the refuge as spring moves forward.

    April/May Programs

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    Fish Tales Daily May 6-15 at 3 pm

    Discover the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service! Join us for a presentation about different sites and roles of the service.

    Fish Tales Topics and Speakers

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    Summer Events Calendar

    We have many events planned for this summer. Click on the link for a copy of the calendar.

    June-August 2016 Public Program Schedule

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    17th Annual Photo Contest

    Entries are now being accepted for the refuges 17th annual photo contest. See entry form and rules below.

    Photo Contest Rules and Entry Form

  • Artist-in-Residence

    Professional artists are invited to share their discipline while surrounded by nature. Email for an application.

    Artist-in-Residence Flyer

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Wetland Restoration

The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation. The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations. Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, we team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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  • Volunteer With Us!


    Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the Refuge Association will present a volunteer orientation program on the 2nd Sunday of October (the 11th) and the 2nd Sunday of November (the 8th). Learn about service opportunities - outdoors (habitat management, field surveys, gardening, tours) and indoors (on-site and from home - marketing, publicity, membership development, visitor services and retail). Please register by calling 419-898-0014. We will train you!

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    Conservation Planning

    Get the most up to date information on research, closures, events, and volunteer activities.

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Last Updated: May 01, 2016
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