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

Juvenile fish swim in water with reeds, bubbles and ripples in the water.
Habitat Restoration
Testing Underway for Pilot Project to Return Endangered Salmon to Their Historic Habitat
State and federal biologists and engineers, in partnership with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, have begun testing an experimental system in Shasta Reservoir that could help collect young salmon from the McCloud River in future years.
Two black bear cubs crouch on a downed tree
Waiting for Mother
Recently, a large number of nature watchers and photographers on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, came between the pictured two bear cubs and their mother.
Bowl containing aquatic invertebrates resting on rocks
Endangered Species Act
Snapshot: Students in North Carolina's Yancey County Hit The Water
Fifth-grade students in North Carolina's Yancey County participated in the 2022 Toes in the Toe Festival, learning about streams and getting their feet wet in the South Toe River.
A straight line of 5 raccoons swimming across a calm canal
Swim Line
A mother raccoon and her four cubs swim across a Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge canal.
Sun rays shining through dark clouds over a green-and-brown landscape
Our People
A great honor
The National Wildlife Refuge Association announced the winners of its annual awards for 2022. The Pacific Southwest Region had a strong representation by winning three of the five categories. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage for...
A dead bird lays on its back on concrete
Migratory Species
Minnesota Valley NWR - Saving Birds One Window at a Time
Around 1 billion birds die from window collisions every year in North America, and this is for many reasons primarily due to the expansion of urban development throughout the North American continent. How can we help reduce and ideally eliminate these fatal bird strikes? Lots and lots of dots!

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.