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    Fall Schedule of Public Programs

    The link below will take you to our full calendar of upcoming events for September - December 2019

    Fall 2019 Programs

  • Artist-in-Residence

    Professional artists are invited to share their discipline while surrounded by nature. Email ottawa@fws.gov for an application.

    Artist-in-Residence Flyer


Youth Waterfowl Workshop Registration

Waterfowl Hunting

The Youth Waterfowl Workshop will be held on October 6, 2019 from 12:00 Noon to 7:08 pm. This workshop is designed for kids 17 years and under and a required adult. Participants will learn about hunting, what gear is needed, waterfowl identification, duck calls, camoflage and a LOT more.

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2019 Refuge Photo Contest

The refuge is accepting entries for the 20th Annual Nature Photography Contest. All photos must be taken on federal lands. Categories include: Birds, Wildlife Other Than Birds, Landscapes/Plants, and People Enjoying Nature.

Photo Contest Form

Wildlife Drive Dates


Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of you car! The 7 mile route departs from the visitor center entrance road. Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. The Wildlife Drive is only open seasonally and on specified dates. Upcoming dates are August 31, September 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, November 30, December 1, 21, 22. For more events on the refuge see the calendar in the link below.

Fall 2019 Program Calendar
Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Wetland Restoration

The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation. The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations. Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, 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 both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

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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