Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

What's going on at FWS

With more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges, 70 national fish hatcheries, numerous regional and field offices across the country and thousands of active conservation projects, our 8,400+ employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have a lot going on. Here are a few of the latest news stories from across the Service...

A group of people pose with the winning artwork depicting trumpeter swans.
Wildlife Management
Minnesota Artist Joseph Hautman Wins 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest
After two days of competition, Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, emerged as the winner of the 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of three tundra swans flying over a wetland.
Blue-winged Teal hen and ducklings swimming at Huron Wetland Management District South Dakota
Migratory Species
Interior Department Announces Nearly $105 Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and Refuges
The Department of the Interior today announced that more than $31 million in grants has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will conserve or restore 116,305 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states. The...
Mallard in flight during dusk.
Our Partners
Departments of the Interior and Agriculture Announce Members of Federal Council to Support Hunting, Conservation Efforts
In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture today announced 18 members of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council.  
Green and white island marble butterfly on a blade of grass
Science and Technology
Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Winners Announced
From an invasive reptile trapping system to a nucleic acid barcode that identifies poached and trafficked wildlife products anywhere in the world, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt (TR) Genius Prize winners and their technological innovations will help address conservation...
2 ticks on  blade of grass
Emergency Management
$9M Awards Fund Wildlife Disease Prevention and Preparedness
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the recipients of the 2022 Zoonotic Disease Initiative grants. Authorized under the American Rescue Plan, this three-year grant program is focused on protecting the public through wildlife disease prevention and preparedness. This year, the Service...
whiskered nutria rodent peers out from marsh grass
Wildlife Management
Decades-long Partnership Eradicates Destructive Nutria Rodents from Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project (CBNEP) announced at an event at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge today that Maryland is now free of the exotic, invasive nutria.

Our Focus

The history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be traced back to 1871. We are the only federal government agency whose primary responsibility is to manage fish and wildlife resources in the public trust for people today and future generations. Here are just a few of our focus areas...

What We Do For You

If you’re looking for places to experience nature; interested in partnering with us; seeking technical advice, permits, grants, data or scientific research; want to know more about today’s conservation challenges; looking for ways on how you can get involved and make a difference -- the Service has a lot to offer and more…

Visit Us - Our Locations

With more than 560 national wildlife refuges, dozens of national fish hatcheries and more than 100 field offices, there are numerous great U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service locations to visit.