The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

  • Grays Harbor Audubon Society

    This group of bird lovers and nature enthusiasts has been an invaluable partner to the Refuge as a source of volunteer energy and local know-how. Without the Society, the National Wildlife Refuge would not be able to function. The Society also is a sponser of the annual Shorebird Festival held each spring.

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  • City of Hoquiam

    Established in the late 19th century, Hoquiam has its roots in the lumber and exporting industries (Hoquiam in a Native-American word meaning "hungry for wood.")  Today, the community of Hoquiam hosts Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and also is a sponser of the annual Shorebird Festival held each spring.

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  • The American Bird Conservancy

    The American Bird Conservancy has recognized Grays Harbor as a Globally Important Bird Area because of the significantly large concentration of migrating shorebirds that depend on the estuary. Audubon of Washington recognized Bowerman Basin which makes up a large portion of Grays Harbor NWR as a state Important Bird Area, noting its importance to the long-term conservation of birds

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  • The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

    The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network was created to address shorebird conservation needs on a global scale. It is a voluntary, non-regulatory coalition that identifies and promotes conservation of sites crucial for shorebirds. In April 1996, Grays Harbor estuary was recognized as a WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance because it hosts more than 500,000 shorebirds during migration. Partners with an interest in the Grays Harbor estuary are committed to maintaining the Reserve as habitat critical to shorebirds and have agreed to work together to promote the Reserve as a wetland vital to the maintenance of the hemisphere's biological diversity.

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