"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."- Aldo Leopold


Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge can be the ideal place for scientific findings and ongoing research!



If you are interested in conducting a research project, contact the Refuge Headquarters Office to apply for a Research Special Use Permit.

National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Application

Past research includes many research areas and disciplines such as DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) and its effects on the environment and various species.

Long-term Surveys and Scientific Evaluations

  • Waterfowl Surveys consistent since 1940’s 
  • Bat Acoustic Survey Routes  
  • Summer Grassland Bird Surveys (Key Cave) 
  • Fall Bobwhite Quail Counts (Key Cave) 
  • Whooping Cranes Telemetry Work  
  • Water Quality Evaluations  
  • Wood Duck Banding Operations  
  • Wood Duck Nest Box Program  

Alabama Ecological Services Field Office

The Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, located in Daphne, is an important component to furthering the missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. 

Ecological Services Field Offices do many things such as: 

  • Help recover threatened and endangered species  
  • Investigate the effects and clean-up of contaminants and help restore polluted habitats 
  • Protect and restore coastal resources 
  • Produce wetland information to support conservation and management 
  • Ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered by agencies during project planning and structure construction 
  • Partner with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats  


“Research is creating new knowledge.”- Neil Armstrong