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2020 Year In Review By Board President Emeritus Jim Stone

Jan 8, 2021

Photo by S. Hodge  As 2020 comes to a close, we need to take a moment to reflect on this past year. With the global…

Photographer: Bill Shreve

Refuge Preparing for Controlled Hunts

Dec 8, 2020

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area on select days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts.…

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

Refuge Begins Roadwork on Highway 49

Nov 17, 2020

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will begin a roadwork project to conduct necessary road maintenance by resurfacing and repairing damaged sections of existing asphalt starting November…

Quanah Parker Lake Sunrise. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Larry Smith.

Audubon Magazine Article Highlights Lack of Funding Impact on Wildlife Refuges

Oct 8, 2020

Full article available online at: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2020/overwhelmed-and-understaffed-our-national-wildlife

Bison

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…