The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of scientific excellence and always uses the best-available science to inform its work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat for the benefit of the American public.
Created in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, today's National Wildlife Refuge System protects habitats and wildlife across the country, from the Alaskan tundra to subtropical wetlands. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Refuge System's 560-plus refuges cover more than 150 million acres and protect nearly 1,400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
While national wildlife refuges were created to protect wildlife, they are for people too. Refuges are ideal places for people of all ages to explore and connect with the natural world. We invite you to learn more about and visit the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Mountain-Prairie Region's Office of Ecological Services (ES) works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, ES personnel work with Federal, State, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to avoid, minimize, and mitigate threats to our Nation's natural resources.
Providing leadership in the conservation of migratory bird habitat through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations. The Migratory Bird Program is responsible for maintaining healthy migratory bird populations for the benefit of the American people.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program in the Mountain-Prairie Region helps conserve, protect, and enhance aquatic resources and provides economically valuable recreational fishing to anglers across the country. The program comprises 12 National Fish Hatcheries.
Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.
External Affairs staff in the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides support to the regional office and field stations to communicate and facilitate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
Regional Priority Species are migratory birds that the Mountain-Prairie Region focuses time and resources on for various reasons. Several species occur in their highest abundances or densities in the Mountain-Prairie Region, so we work with our partners to ensure their habitat needs are maintained over time.
We have observed long-term declines in several other species, so we are trying to determine what is causing their decline (i.e., the limiting factors to population stability or growth) through research and monitoring efforts that will ultimately guide our conservation strategies for these species. The remaining species have rebounded from near extinction, migrate through our region in great numbers, offer unique conservation and hunting opportunities for American citizens, or need additional monitoring and research information gathered about them to help us understand how to better conserve their populations into the future.
An additional note of clarification: you may see some of these same species listed on the “Focal Species” page on this website. The Focal Species program is a nationally coordinated program that worked with Regional Migratory Bird programs and outside partners to select a subset of species from across the United States to receive focused attention on for several years. Inherently, several of the species of high priority at the national level are also of high priority at the regional level, but the Focal Species list is a narrowly-focused list that does not include each Region’s highest priority concerns.
Click on a thumbnail below to view species information