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

Black bear looking from shore at 4 white tundra swans out of reach on the water
Dinner Just Out of Reach
A black bear looks at four nearby tundra swans on the water.
The state threatened Illinois Chorus Frog in a mat of vegetation.
Illinois Chorus Frog
Why are there so few of these small frogs? Part of the answer lies in how little is known about Illinois chorus frogs. What we do know is that these reclusive animals spend nearly 85% of their lives in underground burrows. Once a frog emerges, it’s above ground for only a month or so, and then it...
Large white pelican floats on blue water in front of a raft of redhead ducks
Red, White & Blue - Patriotic Medley
Large white pelican floats on blue water in front of a raft of redhead ducks.
New Mexico meadow jumping mouse feeding on grass
Endangered Species Act
New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Final Recovery Plan
Following a 60-day public comment period, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized a recovery plan for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, a rare rodent found primarily near streams and wetlands in parts of New Mexico, eastern Arizona, and southern Colorado. The New...
Image of bumblebee on flowers
History and Culture
February Artist in Residence
As a way to regularly highlight the creativity of our local community, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, in collaboration with Friends of Parker River, hosts an artist-in-residence program, that features art from the nearby area. Below is the narrative from the current artist, Evan Henerberry...
Brown & white loon stands in water flapping its wings
Red-throated Loon
The red-throated loon is a seabird usually found in the ocean. But the pictured one was foraging in the Pamlico Sound at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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.