wildlife observation

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.

The Emiquon Partnership

Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex is part of the Emiquon Complex Partnership. The partnership works together to develop management goals, conduct science, host educational programs, and present interpretative events to the public. The other members of the Emiquon Partnership are Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Forbes Biological Station, Illinois River Biological Station, and the University of Illinois-Springfield at Therkildsen Field Station. Information about the Emiquon Partnership, including upcoming events, can be found at

Other Partners

Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.