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    2016 Humbug Lottery Deer Hunt!

    The lottery for the Humbug Marsh deer hunt has closed. Drawing results will be posted at on September 1, 2016.

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    Grassy Island Update 2016

    Read about the 2016 Grassy Island Update.

    Grassy Island Update 2016

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    Bienvenida Mariposas Monarca

    Monarch butterflies are arriving in Mexico and settling into their winter homes at places like El Rosario and Chincua Butterfly Sanctuaries.

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    2015 Annual Report

    Check out the 2015 Annual Report for the only International Wildlife Refuge in North America!

    2015 Annual Report

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    Byways to Flyways

    Habitat and wildlife found along the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie offer world class opportunities for birding enthusiasts!

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Detroit River IWR is nearly 6,000 acres of islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shorelines. Find out more about the units that make up the nation's ONLY international wildlife refuge.

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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.

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Page Photo Credits — View from the Refuge Gateway © Jerry Jourdan, Wildlife Sculpture at Refuge Gateway © DTE Energy, Youth Duck Hunters © Joe Robison, Michigan, DNR
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016
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