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.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Kankakee Sands Natural History Tour

    The Friends of the Kankakee will host a free tour, led by Gus Nyberg, on Tuesday, June 19 from 6-7:30pm.

    Kankakee Sands Natural History Tour

  • Mesic prairie in Indiana. Photo by USFWS.

    Being a good neighbor

    We strive to work closely with local communities to protect wildlife, habitat and people.

    Learn more

  • Kankakee Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions to explain history, process of establishment, and future intentions of the USFWS and Kankakee NWR&CA.

    See Frequently Asked Questions

  • Monarchs roosting at Minnesota Valley NWR by Mara Koenig/USFWS

    Monarchs on the Move

    The monarchs have started their annual migration to Mexico. Each day they find roosting sights along the way. Roosts help reveal their path.

    Report Your Sightings

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