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Inspiring Volunteers

Volunteer Paul N. Accola

Wilderness volunteer crew help with reforestation at Hakalau NWR

In honor of Veteran's Day: A Veteran's Day Volunteer Partnership

Building Company Spirit on the Refuge
When your company suggests you and your coworkers volunteer for a day at a nearby national wildlife refuge, you may be surprised where that leads. Read the story here

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Ann Humphrey’s enthusiasm and commitment to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean earned her the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. Read about all the 2016 award winners here.

Volunteers Bring All Skills and Abilities
A photographer in a wheelchair, women rebuilding maritime structures on an island, retired men fishing and building in North Carolina – they are all volunteers on national wildlife refuges. Read their stories here.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Depends on People like the Schlechts
Al and Betty Schlecht help preserve the birds’ habitats and protect their numbers, even though the birds don’t even know they exist. Meet them here.

Matching Volunteers
When “speed dating” was suggested as a way to recruit volunteers for the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in Washington acting president Clay Nichols turned to Wikipedia to learn about  this  modern, organized way of rapidly introducing people with like interests in a facilitated social setting. Read more...

97-Year-Old Volunteer Leads Birders in Texas
Since Karl Haller began volunteering at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, seven refuge managers have come and gone. Read more...

Adventures of a Vagabond Volunteer
Marilyn has decided to spend the next chapter of her life as a live-in volunteer at National Wildlife Refuges around the country. Read more...

Volunteer Adopts a Spring at Ash Meadows Refuge
The Adopt-a-Spring program at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV, began because of one volunteer's enthusiasm. Read more...

A Volunteer Gardens for Butterflies
On the first butterfly walk I took many years ago, the leader said, “If you build it, they will come.” As with mouse traps and baseball fields, this has proved to be true at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Learn more

If you would like to share stories of your own volunteer experiences on a National Wildlife Refuge or National Fish Hatchery, send short articles and photos to RefugeUpdate@fws.gov.

Last updated: April 11, 2018
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