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, the nearly 8,000 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...

Monarch butterfly on purple coneflower
Get Involved
Small efforts can make a big difference for monarchs
Even small efforts can add great value for monarchs and other pollinators. Take a few moments to learn about how you can help make a future filled with more monarch butterflies.
Common milkweed in bloom
Get Involved
Spreading milkweed, not myths
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on just one type of plant, and that’s milkweed. Unfortunately, milkweed often has a bad reputation. While awareness is rising around the importance of milkweed (as well as other native plants) for pollinators we want to clear up any misconceptions.
View of boats docking at Charleston City wharf
Recreation
Over $14 Million to Benefit Local Communities, Clean Waterways and Recreational Boaters
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $14 million in Clean Vessel Act grants to improve water quality and increase opportunities for fishing, shellfish harvests and safe swimming in the nation’s waterways. By helping recreational boaters properly dispose of sewage, this year’...
a group of people standing next to a lake
Land Management
Biden-Harris Administration Announces $3.4 Million from President Biden's Investing in America Agenda to Protect Lake Tahoe Basin
Today, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams joined partners to announce $3.4 million in funding from the President’s Investing in America agenda to support existing cooperative agreements with The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to...
a group of people stand at a large visitor center facility. One of the people pulls off a blue fabric to unveil a sign that says "Bombay Hook Senator Thomas R. Carper Visitor Center". People are clapping in celebration of the event.
History and Culture
Honoring a conservation legacy
At Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, the new visitor center has a new name.
Staff member uses PCR to process eDNA samples
Wildlife Management
You can swim, but you can’t hide
Scientists can detect invasive fish in the Great Lakes by identifying their DNA in the water.

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.