Features

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    New Nature Trails

    Chautauqua has added 3 new trails this summer with the help of YCC and volunteers.

    Chautauqua Nature Trails

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    Mmmm, Milkweed!

    Keep an eye out for emerging milkweed. This is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat, so consider this while planning your garden!

    Milweed Seed Finder

Get active on the refuge

Waterfowl Hunting on the Refuge

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Follow the link for an introduction to waterfowl hunting on Chautauqua and Emiquon National Wildlife Refuges, including regulations and water level information. Photo: Grandparent and child hunting at sunset by USFWS.

Waterfowl Hunting on the Refuges

Nature Walk for Health Series

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Every fourth Thursday at 5:00 p.m. April-October. Improve your health and nature knowledge while hiking some of the most beautiful trails in the local area

Registration and event details

Volunteer

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From making trails to woodworking, there are plenty of ways to volunteer at your local refuge. We would not be here without you.

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In the community

Environmental Education

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We provide regionally specific environmental education programs for school classes, continuing learners, and groups of all ages and sizes. Email us to make a reservation for your next trip.

About the Complex

Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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