Urban areas present a strategic opportunity to reach new audiences that are currently not visiting nor aware of the U.S. Fish and Service. National Wildlife Refuges that are in the heart of where the people are located provide the best opportunity to engage new audiences. Building this constituency ultimately benefits the entire Service and the broader conservation community by nurturing new supporters who care.

Regional Priority National Wildlife Refuges are models of community-centered wildlife conservation and are 25-miles from populations of 250,000 or more.

1.  Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

2.  San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

3.  Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

4.  Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

5.  John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

6.  Patuxent Research Refuge

7.  Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

8.  Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

9.  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

10. Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

11. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

12. South Texas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

13. Tualatin River and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges

14. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Standards of Excellence

Photo of Nekton sampling during SMI training. Photo Credit: Katrina Papanastassiou/USFWS

Where We Are

Children holding Get Your Goose On! flags at Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska.

Know Your Community

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Last modified: April 07, 2017
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