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 faciliate information about the Service's programs to the public, media, Congress, Tribes, partners, and other stakeholders in the 8-state region.
The North Dakota Ecological Services Field Office manages Fish and Wildlife Service programs for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats within North Dakota for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Ecological Services' biologists coordinate with Federal, State, private, and non-governmental organizations and agencies within North Dakota, surrounding States, and Canadian provinces; frequently functioning as planners, negotiators, coordinators, and conservation advocates in an effort to fulfill our natural resource mandates.
Our primary activities include the oversight and evaluation of federally funded projects to insure compliance with, or to provide comments and recommendations relative to, the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Section 404 permit evaluations as defined by the Clean Water Act. Additionally, we also provide expertise on a wide array of environmental contaminant issues affecting fish and wildlife resources.
In recent years, we have established ourselves as a leading agency in the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in North Dakota. Integrating GIS technology into our Field Office greatly increases our ability to analyze, monitor, and report on a wide range of natural resource issues from across the state.