Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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Refuge Gallery

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge


Public Input Requested

June 21, 2018

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has prepared a draft Compatibility Determination for continued use on the Refuge. The Refuge proposes to continue the following use: Operation of the US Border Patrol horse facility.

Draft Compatibility Determination

Plight of the Masked Bobwhite Quail


The masked bobwhite quail was once extirpated from the United States (the northern-most part of its range). While there is currently no wild population in southern Arizona, biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, universities, non-profits and the Masked Bobwhite Recovery Team have been working hard to use science to address questions on how to get the bird to survive and persist on the landscape.

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Brown Canyon

Set in the Baboquivari mountains is a beautiful sycamore-shaded canyon of extraordinary diversity and a protected and pristine example of the sky island ecosystem. Make your reservations for a guided hike, environmental education program or educational workshop.

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Working for Wildlife

Refuge staff at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge focus on protecting and restoring habitat for the benefit of wildlife. Prescribed burning, controlling exotic and invasive plant and animals and erosion control are just some of the efforts taking place. Learn more about how they manage the 117,500-acre landscape that is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Managing the resource

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