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Festival of the Cranes 2021

Put it on your calendar to join us for the Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler, January 9-10, 2021!

Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

A Home for Wildlife

Upcoming Events

Join us for one of our upcoming special events at the refuge!

Calendar of Events

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

Click the link below to access the 2019/2020 Refuge Hunting Regulations & Permit.

Visit the Rules & Regulations Page

Waterfowl Surveys

Click here To see the latest refuge waterfowl survey counts.

Winter Waterfowl Surveys

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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Calling all Alabama artist grades K-12! Participate in this year's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Alabama Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Where Wildlife Comes First

Internships at Wheeler

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The refuge intern program is designed to provide valuable work experience for college students or recent graduates and to provide work assistance for the refuge. We strive to always provide a variety of quality experiences for interns while accomplishing needed refuge work.

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About the Complex

Wheeler Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.

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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