Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    New Construction!

    A new administrative building for the Ridgefield Refuge Complex is finally underway on the Carty Unit!

    Learn more on Refuge2020.info

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    Use your car as a viewing blind

    Stay in your car on the Auto Tour Route Oct-April and you are sure to see wintering waterfowl without scaring them away

    Learn more about the Auto Tour Route

Refuge News

Welcome Juliette Fernandez!

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Help us welcome our new Project Leader for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Juliette will be the primary manager in charge of your four local Refuges; Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce. Juliette has dedicated her life to species protection, serving communities, and mentoring her staff. We will continue to be supported by Deputy Project Leader Eric Anderson, who has been filling both roles since last November. We are very excited to add her to our team and learn new ways to better serve you!

Learn more about Juliette here...

Be a Friend

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Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, who's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the refuge and its wildlife hatibat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.

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Public Notices

Refuge2020.info

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To keep you informed about all of the upcoming habitat and public access improvement projects coming to Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake NWRs, the Friends, Stewards, and USFWS have teamed up to create refuge2020.info. This resources will be your #1 resource for the what, when, how, and why of these projects.

Visit the Refuge2020 website...

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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