Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Youth Fishing Day

    Pre-registration begins on May 1 for the Youth Fishing Day (ages 5-12) taking place on May 8.

    Click here for more information!

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    Kayak Flint Creek

    Join a naturalist in a kayak on Flint Creek. Pre-registration begins May 29 for this event taking place on June 5.

    Click here for more information!

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    Caves on the Refuge

    Learn more about how you can enjoy Wheeler's caves.

    Caves on the Refuge

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    Festival of the Cranes 2021

    Join us on January 9, 2021! Events are at the Princess Theatre, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, AL Center for the Arts, and the Cook Museum.

    Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

A Home for Wildlife

Youth Conservation Corps

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Apply for Wheeler's Youth Conservation Corps job opportunity for high school students!

Click here for more information!

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

Click the link below to access refuge rules and the 2020/2021 Refuge Hunting Regulations & Permit.

Visit the Rules & Regulations Page

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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See some of the winning art from the 2020 contest! Or find out more about how to participate in the 2021 contest.

Alabama Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Waterfowl Surveys

View the latest refuge waterfowl survey counts.

Click here for Winter Waterfowl Survey results.
Where Wildlife Comes First

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Wheeler NWR is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility. But, what should you do if you've found injured wildlife?

Click here to learn more!

About the Complex

Wheeler Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.

Read more about the complex
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