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    Birds of a Feather Bird Walk

    Many species of bird, from hummingbirds to bald eagles, nest and live on the refuge. Join a ranger naturalist for this weekly guided walk!

    Take flight on a bird walk!

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    Friday Feeding Frenzy!

    Our visitor center includes two live turtles and a 1,200 gallon tank with fish from the Ohio River. Join us for feeding time!

    Let the feast begin!

General Information

Visitor Center Hours

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The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3982 Waverly Rd in Williamstown, WV and is open every day, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

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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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Refuge News

  • Eastern Woodland Indian Culture to be Celebrated at Refuge

    Doug Wood 60x100April 14, 2017

    The Native American groups that called this part of the country home are often overlooked. But their history and culture are fascinating. Understanding how the people who first called this land home lived from day to day adds a richness to life for those who live here now. Come all day or for just an hour or two; either way, you're sure to discover something amazing!

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  • National Recognition for Refuge Volunteer

    Dick Esker 60x100May 27, 2017

    Each year, the National Wildlife Refuge Association selects a single volunteer to recognize from among all the volunteers at all the refuges throughout the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. This year's prestigious honor went to Ohio River Islands' own Richard "Dick" Esker. On May 24, Dick attended a banquet in Washington D.C. to receive his award.

    Tell me more about Dick's amazing award!
  • Pimplebacks and Pearlymussels: Biologist Recognized for Mussel Conservation

    patty morrison 60x100May 25, 2017

    Refuge Biologist Patty Morrison has been selected as the 2016 Recovery Champion, a national award recognizing her years-long efforts to restore habitats and populations of mussels in the Ohio River. Patty's optimistic spirit and enthusiasm (as well as her successes!) have made her an inspiration to wildlife biologists throughout the community.

    See how Patty flexes her mussel ...
  • Middle Island Bridge to Close for Repairs

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    Middle Island, located near St. Marys, West Virginia, is one of 22 islands making up Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the largest islands on the Refuge, and is covered with beautiful meadows and bottomland forest. Several miles of maintained trails allow visitors to explore the island, and as one of only two Refuge islands that can be accessed by road, it is a popular and very special destination for visitors. Beginning this June, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation.

    Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - © Kent Mason
Last Updated: May 27, 2017


  • History Alive! Eastern Woodland Indians

    Doug Wood 150x119June 03, 2017

    Do you love to learn how people have lived throughout history? This is for you!

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  • "Crafts for Cubs!" and "Sapling Sessions"

    Environmental EducationJune 15, 2017 - August 17, 2017

    Looking for something fun to do that will get the kids out of the house this summer? Why pay for day camp when you can do this for free?!

    Crafts for Cubs!
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