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 now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions, call ahead.

If visiting one of our locations, 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 exercising good hygiene.  For more information FWS Coronavirus Response page. 

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Wings of Life

Even if you’re a confirmed vegetarian, did you know you depend on animals for much of what you eat? Why is that? Throughout the growing season, insects and other animals carry pollen grains from flower to flower, fertilizing them and helping to feed the planet. Read our story.

(Photo: A rufous hummingbird at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. By Tom Koerner/USFWS)


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Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become complex. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission. Read More...

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Conserving the Future

Since 2010, the National Wildlife Refuge System has embarked on strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.

The efforts have culminated in an array of plans and products that strive for new ways to conserve America’s wildlife and wildlife places. Read More...

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