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

Shoreline with a posted warning sign reading "do not enter"
Habitat Restoration
Trustees Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Natural Resource Damage Assessment Activities at Former Gas Plant Near Bremerton, Washington
Federal, state and Tribal natural resource trustees have signed an agreement to jointly conduct Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) activities for the Bremerton Gas Works Superfund Site.
Saltmarsh sparrow
Climate Change
What migrating birds can teach us about managing for climate change 
At the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the Service is latching on to the tools that can help us protect the species and places we love as climate change shifts the landscape. From predictive studies to innovative land management guidelines, the Service forges ahead with a plan.
Sunset with birds migrating
Migratory Species
Motus Towers
Motus towers are helping to solve many mysteries of migratory species. By joining this international effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping to fill knowledge gaps about migratory bird behavior and ecology from coast to coast.
Four small owls sit among shrubs on the ground and look at the camera
Our Partners
Three California species supported by Tribal Wildlife Grants
People have lived in California for thousands of years, inhabiting the vast terrain from coastal wetlands to old growth forests and arid deserts. Before the land was dotted with buildings and etched with freeways, Indigenous people developed deep cultural connections with native wildlife.
Two Mexican wolf pups asleep on a blanket
Wildlife Management
2023 Mexican Wolf Fostering
Partners in Mexican wolf conservation are pleased to announce the successful fostering of 16 genetically valuable Mexican wolf pups this spring. The pups traveled from four captive facilities across the country and were placed into six wild dens in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.
Mammoth Spring Earth Day 2023
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Earth Day
On April 22, 2023, Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery (MSNFH) didn’t just have a good day, it was a GREAT day! This was the day to enlighten people on the value of taking care of our planet as part of a global event that is celebrated by 193 countries around the world, called Earth Day.

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.