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  • Recruits and law enforcement officials pose for a photo in front of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge visitors center sign.
    Information icon Night Police Academy volunteers L to R: Barry Kincl, Craig Kistner, Taylor Bronson, Amanda Marsh, Julia Will, William "Buddy" Spence, Travis Helton, and Ben Daniels. Photo by Robin Will, USFWS.

    Law Enforcement volunteers plant imperiled wildflowers

    September 9, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Instead of firearms and handcuffs, volunteers from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Recruit Class 485⁄487- Night Law were wielding shovels and unloading rescued plants during a spring weekend at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Wading in mud and water and keeping an eye out for cottonmouths and pygmy rattlesnakes in the wetlands between the refuge’s Visitor Center and Education Building, academy students planted swamp milkweed, few-flower milkweed, and milkweed vine to provide host and food plants for monarch butterflies.  Learn more...

  • Three Service employees volunteering at a food bank with large packages of sweet potatoes
    Information icon Jennifer Gilchrist, John Tupy and Heather Hitt get bags of sweet potatoes ready for distribution. Photo by Ken Warren, USFWS.

    Florida Service staff helps Food Bank distribute goods to families

    December 3, 2018 | 2 minute read

    On Nov. 14, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members volunteered to help the Treasure Coast Food Bank distribute food, toiletries, toys and other items to about 400 needy families in Fellsmere, Florida. This was done in conjunction with the food bank’s monthly mobile pantry distribution program, where they deliver and distribute donated goods to needy families in the communities where they live. Lindsay Nester (left) and Shana DiPalma prepare bags of toiletries.  Learn more...

  • Two dozen veterans stand in front of the visitors center at the hatchery showing off the larged striped bass they caught.
    Information icon Veterans show off their striped bass. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Annual Wounded Warriors Fishing Event at Wolf Creek

    October 11, 2018 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery hosted the seventh annual Wounded Warriors Fishing Event on September 11, 2018, for 20 American servicemen and servicewomen. The event began at 5:30 a.m. Participants received t-shirts, breakfast, and snacks before departing to Lake Cumberland for a morning of striped bass fishing. During the afternoon, the veterans enjoyed a catered barbeque lunch, a21-gun-salute provided by the local Disabled American Veterans, and a goody bag from the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.  Learn more...

  • A volunteer removes weeds from a pollinator garden
    Information icon Two volunteers distribute mulch made from invasive Melaleuca trees across the expanded pollinator garden space. Photo by Jessica Sutt, USFWS.

    Friends, plants, and pollinators grow at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge garden

    October 4, 2018 | 2 minute read

    Inspired by the Service’s pollinator protection initiatives and a butterfly inventory in 2015, members of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge formed a committee to begin work on establishing a pollinator garden at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. With a new headquarters administrative office site and acres of yard space surrounded by natural habitat, the Friends recognized an opportunity to simultaneously beautify the space, engage volunteers, educate guests, and add beneficial native plants for local pollinators.  Learn more...

  • Service biologist and refuge volunteer each hold their Kentucky Colonel certificates for the camera surrounded by friends and family.
    Information icon Ray Stainfield and Stacey Hayden receive their Kentucky Colonel certificates. Photo by USFWS.

    Two Colonels at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

    May 31, 2018 | 2 minute read

    Education Specialist Stacey Hayden, and long-time refuge volunteer Ray Stainfield, are Kentucky Colonels. The honored title is given in recognition of an individual’s contribution to his or her community, state, or nation. This respect is recognized by the Governor, and is the highest honor awarded in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Ray Stainfield, a retired engineer, has served as a long-time volunteer on public lands in western Kentucky. He has volunteered for the U.  Learn more...

  • A visitor looks intently at an iPhone screen attached to a large photographic scope.
    Information icon Shutterbugs photography course in action on St. Marks NWR. Photo courtesy of Karen Willes, USFWS Volunteer.

    Shutterbugs at St. Marks

    February 28, 2018 | 3 minute read

    When St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida panhandle was awarded a $5,000 grant to encourage mobile photography on the refuge, staff originally planned to offer a class to children with an accompanying adult. However, few adults with children signed up for the first class. In addition, adults told refuge staff members that they would like to sign up but didn’t have a child to bring with them. After the refuge opened the classes to adults, more than 100 participants enrolled in the three-hour classes that have been offered in the last two years.  Learn more...

  • A tiny loggerhead hatchling hustles towards the ocean.
    Loggerhead hatchling meets ocean. Photo by Becky Skiba, USFWS.

    Moonlighting in Alabama

    November 6, 2017 | 5 minute read

    Lisa was keeping a watchful eye on a sea turtle nest, which laid beneath the sand. A Share the Beach volunteer for more than 16 years, Graham knew the routine: a female sea turtle nested in that spot two months ago, which meant the eggs could hatch at any time.  Learn more...

  • Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery holds 23rd annual kid’s fishing day

    July 27, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The popular annual Kids Fish for Fun Day at the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Georgia attracted more than 300 children aged three to 12 on June 10. The event was held in conjunction with National Fishing Week activities. Volunteers from the Friends Group, Benning Bass Club, parents, and staff members all worked together to ensure the kids had a good time. A Benning Bass Club member assists children during the event.  Learn more...

Work-With-Us

  • A flower with pink petals with orange tips.
    A blanket flower blossom at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by Eileen Tramontana, USFWS.

    Southeast Friends Groups

    “Friends” are private, independent, nonprofit organizations that build links between communities and support local national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries across the southeast. Learn more about how you can participate!  Learn more...

  • A young woman wearing a USFWS volunteer hat and shirt with a temporary from tattoo on her cheek.
    Nancy, a volunteer, attends the 2011 grand opening of our Caribbean offices in Boquerón, Puerto Rico. Photo by USFWS.

    Volunteer for Southeastern Wildlife

    Volunteers help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with almost everything we do. From wildlife monitoring to leading school programs or maintaining trails, our volunteers make it happen. Discover how you can volunteer to help wildlife today.  Learn more...

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