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


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Festival of the Cranes 2021

Put it on your calendar to join us for the Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler, January 9-10, 2021!

Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

A Home for Wildlife

Upcoming Events

All public events on the refuge have been cancelled through August to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The visitor also remains closed.

Operational changes due to COVID-19

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

Click the link below to access the 2019/2020 Refuge Hunting Regulations & Permit.

Visit the Rules & Regulations Page

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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See some of the winning art from the 2020 contest! Or find out more about how to participate in the 2021 contest.

Alabama Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Where Wildlife Comes First

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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What should you do if you've found injured wildlife?

Click here to learn more!

About the Complex

Wheeler Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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