• Winter Activities Await


    November 29, 2014

    Winter Activities Await at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge  


    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Looking for a wilder way to spend your winter? Look no further than Necedah National Wildlife Refuge for great winter adventures.  From photographing winter scenery, to traversing the trails by snowshoe, to wildlife watching from the comfort of the Visitor Center, there is something fun for the whole family.  Don’t forget to stop at the Visitor Center, open Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm, to warm up after your winter activities and explore the exhibits!


    Join wildlife and nature photographers for an introductory session on wildlife photography at the monthly “Can You Capture It?” program on Saturday, December 13th at the Visitor Center from 9:00am – 9:45am.  Photographers of all levels are invited to discover tips and tricks for nature photographs in addition to viewing images captured on the Refuge.  All camera types and skill levels welcome! No registration necessary.

    Refuge Provides Peace and Unmatched Beauty


    October 24, 2014


    Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

    Provides Peace and Unmatched Beauty


    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides peace and unmatched beauty in the marshes, prairies, and forests of Central Wisconsin.  Extensive trails bring you through a mosaic of habitats, each attracting a wide array of wildlife.  The Refuge’s “green” Visitor Center has numerous exhibits great for the whole family!

    Dam Repairs Planned for Fall on Sprague Dam


    October 4, 2014

    Dam Repairs Planned for Fall on Sprague Dam at

     Necedah National Wildlife Refuge


    NECEDAH, Wisc.Visitors to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge may notice increased activity on the northern end of the refuge this fall.  Norcon Corporation of Schofield, Wisconsin has been awarded a contract to complete repairs on the easternmost outlet structure at Sprague Pool (Dam 29).  The construction work will begin this fall when the pool is scheduled to be lowered to provide feeding habitat for migrating waterfowl.  

    Captive Whooping Cranes Released Into Wild


    Date: September 20, 2014


    Captive Whooping Cranes Released Into the Wild:

    Efforts continue to increase population of endangered bird


    NECEDAH, Wisc. – Four whooping crane chicks raised in captivity begin their integration into the wild today as part of the continuing effort to increase the wild population of this endangered species.


    The cranes, hatched and raised by their parents at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, were released on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Wisconsin.



    The chicks, about six-months old, are part of an experimental rearing and release method referred to as “parent-rearing.”  The parent-reared whooping crane chicks were hatched and raised by captive adult whooping cranes. This method relies entirely on the expertise of captive parents, who care for, exercise, and feed the chicks. 

    October Public Programs 2014


    September 18, 2014

     Relish Fall at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge 



    NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Many species of birds are starting their long migratory journeys as the fall days shorten and leaves fall to the forest floors.  From hiking and paddling, to hunting, or bird watching, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) offers opportunities for families to relish fall in the great outdoors.  Fall is a great time to create your own adventure in the 44,000 acres that comprise Necedah NWR.