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The National Wildlife Refuge System is a unique system of lands dedicated to preserving a rich quality of life for Americans by protecting their wildlife heritage. In the Southwest, national wildlife refuges protect some of the most varied wildlife and spectacular landscapes found anywhere in the world. From subtropical shrub ecosystems to saguaro-studded deserts--all are filled with an unparalleled richness and abundance of life. Some of the wonders of southwestern refuges include the complex and beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Texas coastal marshes that host massive flocks of waterfowl every winter, strange creatures found only in the sinkholes of New Mexico, and Oklahoma caves that are home to endangered bats.
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ALERT - Island Lake Fire Closures
Effective Immediately - some areas along the Colorado River closed.
Phantom Cat of the Chapparal: Endangered Ocelot
View this video filmed in and around your South Texas wildlife refuges!
Daughter of Dawn
Read about the first movie made with an all-Native American cast, filmed at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (requires flash).
Friends of Anahuac Refuge 2013
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge harbors a rich and diverse ecosystem along the Texas Gulf Coast near the Louisiana border. Watch this video created by the Friends of Anahuac NWR, a non-profit organization that supports the refuge.
The Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge have won Friends of 2012 this year!