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A shining example

June 4, 2018 | 7 minute readAtlanta, Georgia — Sam Shine, for years, quietly bought up North Florida property and set about conserving it. A successful Midwestern manufacturer, Shine made a number of under-the-radar land deals that received little notice outside the Panhandle conservation community. Until now. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just received 6,200 acres of ecologically critical pine lands and headwaters adjoining the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Shine is donating the land to the Service — a gift — not merely selling of a chunk at a good price or establishing a conservation easement. Learn more...

A Service employee in uniform uses a small booklet to help students identify birds.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge hosts inaugural Christmas Bird Count for Kids

January 24, 2018 | 2 minute readWhat could be better than spending a morning outside, taking in the fresh air, and looking for birds on a national wildlife refuge? On Dec. 30, 2017, the first Christmas Bird Count for Kids took place at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in south Florida. The original Christmas Bird Count is an annual bird survey organized by the National Audubon Society, attended mainly by adults and birding clubs. The counting tradition began more than 100 years ago and is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in the world. Learn more...

Ana Castillo-Ruiz teaches young birders how to identify a little blue heron. Photo, Ira Rappaport, FWS volunteer


A large group of bright white pelicans each with an orange beak and webbed feet.

Our Responsibilities

The Service has a mandate to protect, conserve and/or enhance certain species and land on behalf of the American people. Learn more...

American white pelicans are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.


A refuge law enforcement officer in uniform shows a child how to cast a rod.

Fishing on Southeastern Refuges

In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, many national wildlife refuges offer a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where they can find knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers. Learn more...

Zone Officer Butler teaching Cub Scouts how to fish at a summer camp in Brunswick, GA. Photo by USFWS.

A boy wearing a camouflage hat holds a shotgun ready to hunt waterfowl

Hunting on Southeastern Refuges

Hunting is part of our American heritage and is a huge economic contributor to the conservation of our nation’s wildlife and habitats. We offer seasonal hunting opportunities on a variety of southeastern national wildlife refuges. You can hunt a range of species including white-tailed deer, waterfowl, turkey and even help control wild hogs. Learn more...

A boy waterfowl hunting. Photo by Tina Shaw, USFWS.

A photo from space illustrating the proximity of Bayou Sauvage NWR to New Orleans.

Urban Initiative

With 80% of Americans living in cities, how do we connect urban America with our wild places, such as national wildlife refuges? Learn more...

New Orleans from space; Bayou Sauvage NWR is located in the top right of the photograph. Photo from the International Space Station, NASA.

A bright white lighthouse emerges over calm water and a mix of palm and oak trees.

What Can You do on a Refuge?

Encompassing millions of acres throughout the United States, national wildlife refuges provide multiple opportunities for visitors to experience nature in many different ways. Learn more...

Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.


An older man points to the sky with a child.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges

November 7, 2017 | 4 minute readIn a continuing effort to increase access to hunting and fishing on public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a final rule to open or expand opportunities across 132,000 acres on 10 national wildlife refuges. This will bring the number of refuges where the public may hunt up to 373 and up to 311 where fishing is permitted. Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156. Read the full story...

Hunting. Photo by USFWS.

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