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

The colorful back of an Arctic grayling is held just out of clear waters by a gloved hand
Land Management
Red Rock Lakes NWR Releases Final EA for Arctic Grayling Overwintering Habitat
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact to improve winter oxygen levels for the conservation of Arctic grayling in Upper Red Rock Lake within Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Blue bird with brown & black patterned wings sitting on a branch
Blue grosbeak
A colorful beauty, the Blue grosbeak was currently spotted on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, adding a splash of bright blue to the refuge sky
Four people in yellow t-shirts are holding power line markers
Endangered Species Act
Teaming up for terns
Thanks to skilled observers in Brazil and long-term relationships between North American researchers, an international team successfully responded to roseate tern deaths caused by collisions with power lines.
Aerial view of a landscape with forest and wetlands
Migratory Species
2023 WBPHS Field Report - Eastern Montana and Southern Alberta
Because the number of wetlands is low, suitable nesting and rearing wetlands are crowded with high densities of birds making counting challenging at times.
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.

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.