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    April - May 2018 Public Programs

    We have many events planned for this spring. Click on the link below for upcoming events and programs.

    April-May Public Programs

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    June to August Public Events Calendar

    The June - August Public Events Calendar is now available. Click the link below to download a pdf copy.

    June to August Public 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


2018 Prescribed Fire Season


The refuge will be conducted prescribed burns this spring. Burns are used as a management tool to control woody vegetation and improve habitat.

2018 Prescribed Fire Season

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. Dates are May 4-20 and 26-28, June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, August 18, 19, 25, and 26. For more events on the refuge see the calendar in the link below.

April - May 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