National Wildlife Refuge System

Get Your Goose On!

Do you have a special photo of you and your family or friends having fun at a national wildlife refuge?  Now you can add your images to hundreds of others at the Get Your Goose On Flickr page.

Short-eared owl
Credit:Jason Murphy

The blue goose has been the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since it was drawn more than 80 years ago by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and conservationist, J.N. “Ding” Darling. The first official use of the blue goose was noted in about 1934, but now the blue goose sign identifies wildlife refuges nationwide.

Post your favorite refuge photos at
Credit: USFWS

There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges, including at least one in every state.  Find one close to your home or travel destination here.

You can purchase a Get Your Goose On towel from Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico (scroll to the bottom of the page) or you can just print this image on paper to add to your photos.

More details and photos here.

Last updated: September 20, 2013