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

mangled pile of abandoned lobster traps on rises up to three feet on the shore of a remote sea island
Our Partners
Terrible yet tangible: tackling the spate of marine debris on Northeast shores
An hour off the coast of Maine lie some of the state’s most unique environments: tiny sea islands that are largely uninhabited nesting sites for seabirds. But, these wild, remote islands–and the birds who nest there–are blighted by marine debris, like plastic waste and abandoned lobster traps. The...
Grizzly bear attempting to cross the road, surrounded by cars and people.
Wildlife Management
Public Cooperation Needed to Ensure Safety on Togwotee Pass
Wildlife managers are asking for the public’s assistance to help keep both bears and humans safe by observing responsible wildlife viewing behavior and lawfully operating vehicles by not parking on the highway or roadside
Blue, white & black swallow tailed butterfly on green plant
Beautiful Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
June 20 thru the 26th was National Pollinator Week. It's a time of reminder concerning the important work moths, bees, butterflies and other creatures do to keep plants growing and reproducing.
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.

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.