whale bone rib
Whale Bone Rib Arc and Skin Boat Frames at Barrow, Alaska
Credit: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS
Allee House at Bombay Hook NWR prior to restoration
Archaeologist Nick Valentine excavating basketry

Newsletter & Reports

Historical Happenings - January, 2017 (203 KB PDF)

July/August 2015 Refuge Update (7.04 MB PDF)

Cultural Resources Program Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2016 (3.63 MB PDF)

DOI Museum Program AAM Magazine 2016 (118 KB PDF)



Check out the newly launched historic storyboard that focuses on the Trail of Tears. The storyboard was developed by the HQ Refuges Branch of Communication and illustrates Refuges along the trail. Check it out here

  • Lee Metcalf NWR was awarded the first National Wildlife Refuge System Historic Preservation Award based on their exceptional stewardship of the Whaley Homestead, an 1885 homestead and house, that have been a part of the Refuge since it was established in 1964.

    The award was launched late in 2016 to highlight achievements in the care and stewardship of cultural resources through innovative use of funds, development of partnerships, and use of the resource to educate local communities.

  • Working for the National Wildlife Refuge system can be very exciting and can include positions you might not associated with a wildlife agency. Read More.

  • Artifacts from archaeological sites in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge featured in exhibits at the newly opened Smithsonian African American Museum. Read about the investigations here

  • Lighthouses are here! Check this great comprehensive list of lighthouses around the Refuge System.

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