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    Junior Ranger Program

    Our Junior Ranger Program is guaranteed to enhance every family's visit to the refuge. Earn a badge and certificate! This program is FREE!

    Just for kids at the refuge ...

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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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    Wild Ohio!

    Our visitor center includes two live turtles and a 1,200 gallon tank. Learn about the Ohio River and join us for feeding time!

    Let the feast begin!

Refuge News

Volunteers Wanted at the Refuge!

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Looking for a way to make a difference? Come be a part of a remarkable community of individuals who care deeply about sharing one of the natural wonders of our region! The protection of this resource and the inspiration for future generations of conservationists would not be possible without our volunteers, and we are recruiting right now for our Spring class! If you care about nature conservation and education, don't pass up this opportunity!

Get Involved!

May is Mussel Month!

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It's easy to forget the river is mostly what's beneath the surface. You might be surprised at the diversity there, especially the diversity of the oft-overlooked mussels. They are bizarre and fascinating creatures, living secretive lives and providing services to us we take for granted. After visiting us this May, you'll never see the river the same way again!

See what's happening ...

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 Spring, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation.

Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close

What To Do About Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

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Have you found an injured animal or bird? Are you desperate for help and wondering what to do? Determining whether or not to assist an injured or orphaned animal (or even determining for sure that a bird or animal needs help) can be a challenge on many levels. There are philosophical, environmental, and health considerations. It is one of those situations where our best instincts may be misleading.

What steps should I take?
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 Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (closed federal holidays).

Plan Your Visit to the Refuge

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.

Learn more about the NWRS