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

Bright yellow edged and orange flowers
Indian Blanket in Bloom
Bright colored flowers break up the mono-colored brown dunes along Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Indian Blanket is now in bloom.
adult wyoming toad swimming among aquatic vegetation
Endangered Species Act
More Than $9 Million Awarded for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic
Together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we are distributing awards of over $9 million in additional federal reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan.
A tufted puffin in summer plumage holding several small silver fish crosswise in its bill.
Science and Technology
Tufted puffins as sea sentinels
Have you ever peeped a tufted puffin? Chances are, you saw them during the summer breeding season: bright orange beaks, long golden feather head plumes, and a sharp white and black eye mask with red eyeliner that has earned them the name "clown of the sea." But when it comes to monitoring marine...
mangled pile of abandoned lobster traps on rises up to three feet on the shore of a remote sea island
Our Partners
Seabirds and the struggle against marine debris in the Gulf of Maine
An hour off the coast of Maine lie some of the state’s most unique environments: tiny sea islands that are largely uninhabited nesting sites for seabirds. But, these wild, remote islands–and the birds who nest there–are blighted by marine debris, like plastic waste and abandoned lobster traps. The...
Grizzly bear attempting to cross the road, surrounded by cars and people.
Wildlife Management
Public Cooperation Needed to Ensure Safety on Togwotee Pass
Wildlife managers are asking for the public’s assistance to help keep both bears and humans safe by observing responsible wildlife viewing behavior and lawfully operating vehicles by not parking on the highway or roadside
Blue, white & black swallow tailed butterfly on green plant
Beautiful Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
June 20 thru the 26th was National Pollinator Week. It's a time of reminder concerning the important work moths, bees, butterflies and other creatures do to keep plants growing and reproducing.

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.