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    January to March Program Schedule

    There are lots of opportunities to explore the refuge as we enjoy winter. Please pay special attention to holiday closings.

    January to March Program Schedule

  • Artist-in-Residence

    Professional artists are invited to share their discipline while surrounded by nature. Email ottawa@fws.gov for an application.

    Artist-in-Residence Flyer

News

Controlled Hunt Information

Small mallards

If you have been selected for a controlled hunt please follow the link below to access additional information about your hunt.

Hunting Information

Wildlife Drive Dates

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The February 15-16 Wildlife Drive is CANCELLED. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of you car! The 7 mile route departs from the visitor center entrance road. Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. The Wildlife Drive is only open seasonally and on specified dates. Upcoming dates are March 21 and 22. For more events on the refuge see the calendar in the link below.

Winter 2020 Program Calendar
Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Wetland Restoration

The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation. The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations. Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, we team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

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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