The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance
fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing
benefit of the American people.
We work for you... by conserving the nature of America.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency for
conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and
their habitats for the continuing benefit of you, the American public.
We manage the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System with
more than 530 individual refuges, wetlands, and special management
areas - to mark their 100th anniversary in 2003. We operate 66
national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices, and 78
ecological services field stations - local offices near to you, where
we work to conserve natural resources. We enforce Federal wildlife
protection laws, such as the Endangered Species Act. We manage
migratory birds ... restore nationally significant fisheries ...
conserve wetlands ... and help foreign governments with their
work for you ... by working with you to protect the nature of
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps protect a healthy
environment for fish and wildlife ... and for people. We encourage
Americans to enjoy the outdoors. In all of our activities, you
are part of the equation. Our national wildlife refuges provide
hunting and fishing opportunities for millions of Americans ... and
spectacular sites for the rapidly growing number of Americans who do
their wildlife-watching with binoculars, camera, or sketch pad. Our
world-famous Duck Stamp contest yields high-quality art for each
years migratory bird hunting stamp and many bucks for the
ducks! Our landowner assistance programs and grants encourage people
like you to maintain and conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their
habitats right there in your own hometowns. And we manage the
nations Federal Aid programs for fish and wildlife, through which
hunters and anglers pay to sustain their sports ... and a brighter
future for Americas wildlife.
Educating for Conservation
work for you ... by giving you practical tools for education about
fish and wildlife!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps Americans learn about fish,
wildlife, plants, and their habitats because a public thats
educated about natural resource issues is an informed public. We have
many ways in which to help our new National Conservation Training
Center in West Virginia is the Nations premier site for fish and
wildlife conservation education, where people from government,
industry, and non-profit groups all come for the latest in
professional conservation training. Our national publications
clearinghouse and our publications units in our regional offices
in seven of the Nations largest cities can help you with
specialized information about fish, wildlife, and plants. An even
quicker source of practical information to answer your wildlife
questions is our array of electronic Web sites ... where our most
popular publications are posted and down-loadable by you as are
many hundreds of our most beautiful wildlife photographic images.
Check out our links for information about fish and wildlife exhibits
and training programs near you ... and kids, dont forget to visit
our special link, designed just for you.
Learning About Us
We work for you ... by encouraging you to become a part of America's
The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service is an interesting place to visit ... because what we
do is such great work! Conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and
their habitats is very meaningful to us ... and, we hope, to you, too!
We've provided a number of links to help you understand the work and
organization of the Fish and Wildlife Service - our history, our
mission, our locations, and our people.
Service's major responsibilities involve migratory birds, endangered
species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish -
as well as people, of course. At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
we work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife,
and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
American people. We invite you to explore the Fish and Wildlife
Service, and we hope you will consider joining us as an employee or a