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Refuge Joins the Bison Conservation Initiative, Ends Auction 

Sep 11, 2020

Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative (BCI), and reaffirmed the Department of the Interior (DOI) commitment to…

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuge Announces the Cancellation of Fall Interpretive Tours 

Aug 21, 2020

News Release: In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of…

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Heat Restrictions Lifted

Aug 6, 2020

FWS News Release: The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) issued a Heat Advisory on July 9, 2020, as a result of seasonally hot weather conditions…

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuge Update

Jul 22, 2020

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is working on plans to resume full operations at various refuges throughout the System, when it is safe to…

Wildflowers in full bloom late spring - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - by Teri Simonton

FOW Presidential Ponderings

Jun 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our lives. Work has changed, school has changed, social interactions have changed, and the very…

Hiking Trails - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Campgrounds and Other Services Remain Suspended

May 8, 2020

Oklahoma – The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the temporary suspension of campground operations and other visitor services at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on…

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area and the Narrows Area

Apr 10, 2020

Oklahoma – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the temporary closure of two areas within Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge because Service managers cannot…

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Important Message From The National Wildlife Refuge Association – Response to COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

Friend,​ We are again being reminded of the important role nature and the outdoors play during times of crisis and stress. Connecting with nature improves…

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Brent Lawrence

The Spring Link: Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Mar 23, 2020

“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…

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

Article: BLM lands, wildlife refuges drop entrance fees

Mar 23, 2020

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…