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

small brown plywood tent on sand with white/black terns and tern babies under wood
Mystery Solved - What Are the Wooden Structures in the Bird Closures at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge?
Refuge staff have placed multiple chick shelters of different sizes in the temporary beach closures to protect shorebird chicks. American oystercatchers, black skimmers, and least terns are all nesting in the closures.
hill covered entirely with green and brown plants
Our Partners
Partners Program celebrates landowner's conservation success
Just shy of 14 acres, Pepper Hill Farm is one of the oldest working farms in northern San Diego County. Read uses half of it to raise horses and boysenberries, while the other half remains native, home to quail, hawks, roadrunners, and the occasional rattlesnake, among other wildlife.
Red-headed white & black woodpecker hanging on a brown broken branch
Tree Dweller
The red-headed woodpecker's nest is made in dead trees or dead sections of living trees.
airplane coming in to land on a runway
Migratory Species
2022 WBPHS Field Report - Eastern Montana and Southern Alberta
On our first flight, we immediately noticed how dry conditions were in Montana north of the Missouri River. Many of the natural wetlands were dry, stock ponds were less than 20% of capacity, and there were few temporary wetlands present.
green plant with white blossoms
Endangered Species Act
Proposed Reclassification of Mitracarpus polycladus from Endangered to Threatened with Proposed 4(d) Rule - Frequently Asked Questions
Partnership-driven efforts have helped to improve the status of Mitracarpus polycladus, a plant once only known to Puerto Rico and Saba Island.
green plant with white blossoms
Endangered Species Act
Service Proposes Reclassifying Plant Native to Caribbean Islands
Mitracarpus polycladus, a plant once only known to Puerto Rico and Saba Island, a municipality of the Netherlands, is on a path to recovery.

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.