Projects and Research


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward. 

Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds. 

Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for Special Use Permits. 

For more detailed information or to apply for a permit, go to The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website. You may also contact the refuge manager directly: 

Desert NWR Refuge Manager
Christa Weise


 Become a Citizen Scientist! 

You can help refuge staff by logging all of your observations on iNaturalist. This free app allows naturalists from all across the world collect and share their observations. The community on iNaturalist can help identify unknown species, track invasive species, and monitor phenological changes. What’s more, by recording and sharing your...

Night Skies as a Natural Resource

National wildlife refuges help to preserve the continuation of natural processes. This includes allowing bears to roam, letting rivers run free of dams and diversions, and understanding the beneficial roles that fire can play. A dark night is a resource integral to many natural processes. Many of the darkest night skies in the country are found within...