Oklahoma – The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the temporary suspension of campground operations and other visitor services at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on March 20. These suspensions and closures remain in effect. Managers at the Refuge are actively working to develop a phased approach to restore these services; however, the health and safety…

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Brent Lawrence

“Friends of Malheur Refuge were founded in 1999 to promote the conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural resources at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon. From our office at Refuge Headquarters, we proudly assist Refuge staff with interpretive programs, habitat restoration, visitor services and other Refuge projects. In addition to partnering with the…

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The Fish and Wildlife Service is waiving entrance fees at wildlife refuges. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state is pictured. FWS

The Interior Department today opened all national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management sites for free, suspending entrance fees even as more visitor centers close and agency meetings get canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read More at E&E News →

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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure…

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Mt Scott Road Construction Completed - Open Dec 2020 - Photo O. Plumlee

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge announced the reopening of the Mt. Scott Roadway on December 20, 2019. Contractors worked hard for the last year to complete stabilization of the historic road-way and its drainage structures. Refuge staff and volunteers supported the effort by provid-ing additional clearing of brush and…

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Ferguson House Renovation Completed - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - YouTube Video Poster by NatureLover

The Ferguson House restoration is finally done!! Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who make this project a reality. Check out the news story with full photos and video by KSWO reviewing the renovations and featuring Bobby Williamson.  Check out our in progress story about the history of the Ferguson House. You…

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More and more studies are documenting the physical, psychological and emotion-al benefits of spending time outdoors in nature. Florence Williams’s The Nature Fix “Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” looks at some of those studies and showcases what cultures around the world are doing to increase not only time in the outdoors,…

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Ferguson House Reconstruction Underway, Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Jim Meyer

According to Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a creature that is reborn from its ashes. The Ferguson House is the Refuge’s Phoenix. After a long, somewhat arduous, 6-year journey, The Friends of the Wichitas is very proud that the reconstruction of The Ferguson House has finally begun. If you are not familiar with the story we…

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