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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to people eager to conserve America's natural resources. You too can make a difference for conservation.


Give the gift of time to help conserve our National Wildlife Refuges. To learn how you can share your time and talent with your Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, call our volunteer coordinator at 985-882-2021. 

Become a Refuge Friend

We are assisted in our conservation mission by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. The Friends are a non-profit corporation that supports our research projects, education programs, volunteer service projects, and community events. They also help run our visitor center in Lacombe. To become a member of Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. and learn more about their projects, visit

Become a Citizen Scientist

Would you like to turn your love of wildlife and the outdoors into data that helps us all better understand our natural world and supports conservation? Do you like technology? There are several Citizen Science programs where you can make a difference. Check out these projects and put your smarts and smartphone to use!

Nature's Notebook This nationwide project is an national online project where amateur and professional naturalists record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision making.

The Great BackYard Bird Count (GBC) is an event that engages people all over the nation in creating a real time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can help with this, from your backyard, or a wildlife refuge. The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018.

eBird is a program at Cornell Lab for Ornithology that collects rich data on bird abundance and distribution across the world. You can submit your own observations via your computer or smart phone.

Report sightings of invasive species using a free app on your smartphone. More details and links to download on this USGS website.