Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


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Festival of the Cranes 2021

Put it on your calendar to join us for the Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler, January 9-10, 2021!

Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

A Home for Wildlife

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events are subject to cancellation due to COVID-19, please check for updates often.

Calendar of Events

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

Click the link below to access the 2019/2020 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

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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What should you do if you've found injured wildlife?

Click here to learn more!
Where Wildlife Comes First

Internships at Wheeler

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The application deadline for 2020 Summer Internships is February 21! For internship and application information, click the link below.

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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