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    2019 Calendar of Events CONWR

    The 2019 Calendar of events is now available! Click below for the pdf version.

    2019 CONWR Calendar of Events_Update February

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    Follow Crab Orchard on Facebook

    Follow Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest events and wildlife sightings on the refuge.

    Crab Orchard NWR Facebook

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    Friends of Crab Orchard

    Get involved with the Refuge through Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Illinois 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    The Junior Duck Stamp Contest integrates art and science into a hands-on learning experience. Click the link below for more information

    Junior Duck Stamp Contest Information

Crab Orchard Photography Group

Crab Orchard Photography Group

Bring your camera and dress for the outdoors (weather permitting) The Crab Orchard Photography Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except January 2019) from 8 to 11am. Meet your CONWR volunteer photographer/leader at the Visitor Center, then carpool and caravan to special locations in the Refuge to photograph the seasonal offerings such as wildflowers, butterflies, migrating birds, and other wonders of nature. The group will reconvene back at the Visitor Center to share pictures and talk about photography. No experience necessary! No reservations required! For more information contact the Refuge Visitor Center.

Illinois Jr Duck Stamp

Illinois Junior Duck Stamp

Tanner Voss - 2018 Illinois Jr Duck Stamp Contest Best In Show

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program integrates art and science into a hands-on learning experience. Through art and science, this program teaches students in grades K through 12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them.Each year hundreds of students participate in their state’s program nationwide.Judging of Illinois entries will be held in March. Illinois entries must be postmarked by March 15. Click the link below for Illinois contest information

Illinois Jr Duck Stamp

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS