From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.
More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.
Volunteers provide their skills and energy in support of national wildlife refuges. We invite you to learn from first hand experiences. By volunteering you'll gain knowledge about the Wetland Management District and become involved with a vision of wildlife, natural landscapes and quality of life for people in northeast North Dakota. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact the Devils Lake office at 701-662-8611.
The refuge serves as a waterfowl concentration point with tens of thousands of ducks and geese using the refuge and surrounding lands during spring and fall migrations.