Partners are valuable allies to the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and play a vital role in meeting the Service's conservation goals. We team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet restoration goals and our conservation mission.

Partnership Categories

Great things happen when partners are matched with the right opportunities. That's why we work with many types of partners at FWS from local businesses and conservation groups to veterans and large industry partners. Here are just a few of the Partner Categories working with FWS today.

We frequently partner with academia to further the conservation of and research into the stewardship of many species.

We often partner with non-governmental conservation organizations on conservation projects, whether it's to conserve identified species such as the monarch butterfly or to advise on land acquisition for conservation so that it has the greatest benefit for species.

We partner with these groups to help them conduct their commercial activities in a way that best promotes conservation.

We work with other federal agencies to help them meet their legal responsibilities as well as their mission.

Friends groups are organizations of community members committed to helping national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries meet conservation goals that would otherwise be out of reach. 

Our Partners

Here are just a few of our national partners.  You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Latest Stories About Our Partners

A Taylor's checkerspot butterfly on a yellow flower in a prairie
Our Partners
Service Partners Named “Recovery Champions” for Butterfly Conservation
The Sustainability in Prisons Project and Mary Linders of WDFW have been recognized by the Service for their contributions to conservation of the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly.
Guam NWR volunteer labeling planted seeds at the plant nursery
Habitat Restoration
Restoring habitat after Typhoon Mawar
Check out this opportunity with Kupu Americorps based at Ritidian!
Female (mother) mallard (brown, black & white) leads 9 yellow/black & white) ducklings paddling down a canal
Wildlife Wonders
Mommy Mallard
On Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a brood of mallard ducklings paddle behind their mother.
Golden eagle head
Wildlife Crime
Reward Offered for Information Regarding the Poisoning of Protected Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Oregon State Police (OSP) are seeking information regarding the illegal killing of three gray wolves and two golden eagles in Wallowa County in Eastern Oregon. The deaths occurred in an area of known wolf activity, as defined by the Oregon...
Closeup of lake sturgeon swimming in the Niagara River.
Habitat Restoration
A milestone for lake sturgeon on the Osage River
Fisheries biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partner organizations had been crossing their fingers for decades, hoping our careful, cumulative efforts would be enough for lake sturgeon to overcome the odds. And once again lake sturgeon showed their amazing resilience.
graphic of condor, ferret and polar bear with text that reads endangered species act 50th anniversary, more important than ever
Our People
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Social Media Wins Webby Awards
In late April, the Service’s Digital Strategists as well as additional outreach and communications employees were recognized for their year-long efforts to celebrate the Endangered Species Act turning 50 years old.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.