Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


  • Upcoming Events

    Click below for a list of our upcoming events on the refuge.

    Calendar of Events

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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

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

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

Visit the Rules & Regulations Page

Waterfowl Surveys

View the latest refuge waterfowl survey counts.

Click here for Winter Waterfowl Survey results.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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Calling all Alabama artist grades K-12! Participate in this year's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Alabama Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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

Click here to learn more!
Where Wildlife Comes First

Internships at Wheeler

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The application deadline for 2020 Summer Internships is February 21! For internship and application information, click the link below.

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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