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

USFWS digital media intern, Typhanie Shepherd, capturing video footage of fiel
Our People
Journey of Unwavering Vision, Believing and Belonging
“A 15-minute conversation completely changed my life." Learn how Typhanie Shepherd followed her dream, and some fatherly inspiration, to land a career as a USFWS filmmaker.
Prescribed burn on island
Land Management
Burning for Biodiversity
"BLM Eastern States and its partners conducted a prescribed burn at Lathrop Bayou in the Florida Panhandle with a goal of reducing ground fuel vegetation over 561 acres of public and private land and improving the habitat for imperiled plants and animals." - Eric Dehm, BLM Public Affairs Specialist
A small black turtle white bright orange markings on it's neck walking in grass
Endangered Species Act
Protected spaces give bog turtles a reason to come out of their shell
It may come as a surprise, but sometimes a threatened or endangered species relies on privately owned land for its survival. Across the country, the Service and our partners work to purchase private land from willing landowners for the sake of threatened species like the bog turtle.
Group of anglers holding banner
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Hosts Fly Fishing 101 Workshop
Twenty One participants joined professional fly fisherman, Bill Carman, for a chilly day of fly fishing on Hatchery Creek.
A large gray fish, with a flat head and rounded snout that has long barbels hanging from its nose, rests on a rocky lake bottom.
Wildlife Management
“Tails” from the deep
In the Great Lakes, lake sturgeon have become as rare as a mythical lake monster. Learn how we're monitoring their populations in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
2 long-legged, black & white wading American Avocets with long-up-curved bill
American Avocet
During a recent Pea Island Refuge bird walk the leader/photographer, Karen Lebing saw over 150 American Avocets.

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.