Partners are valuable allies to the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and play a vital role in meeting the Service's conservation goals. We team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet restoration goals and our conservation mission.

Partnership Categories

Great things happen when partners are matched with the right opportunities. That's why we work with many types of partners at FWS from local businesses and conservation groups to veterans and large industry partners. Here are just a few of the Partner Categories working with FWS today.

We frequently partner with academia to further the conservation of and research into the stewardship of many species.

We often partner with non-governmental conservation organizations on conservation projects, whether it's to conserve identified species such as the monarch butterfly or to advise on land acquisition for conservation so that it has the greatest benefit for species.

We partner with these groups to help them conduct their commercial activities in a way that best promotes conservation.

We work with other federal agencies to help them meet their legal responsibilities as well as their mission.

Friends groups are organizations of community members committed to helping national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries meet conservation goals that would otherwise be out of reach. 

Our Partners

Here are just a few of our national partners.  You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Latest Stories About Our Partners

Hands place a turtle into a pond
Partners give endangered turtles a head start
Young northern red-bellied cooters that graduate from MassWildlife's Headstart Program are high achievers
Two green,red, brown, white & black male wood ducks floating on water
Male ducks are called drakes. And some of the most stunning drakes on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge are wood ducks.
Blue, black & brown bird perched on a branch
Getting the Blues on the Refuge is Great!
When you take time to explore Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, you might see a Blue grosbeak (top photo) or a blue Indigo bunting (bottom photo).
Monarch butterfly
Thanks for supporting our local pollinators!
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Seed Swap in Ithaca, NY brought people out to learn more about local pollinators.
A Houston toad in mud.
Endangered Species Act
Recovery Plan Available for Endangered Houston Toad
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of a revised recovery plan for the Houston toad, one of the first amphibians to be protected under the Endangered Species Act and one of Texas’ most critically endangered species.
Brown barred owl perched atop a brown/white refuge roadside
Waiter Not Butler
Barred owls are patient hunters. Even though you might be tempted to label this owl a butler, it uses the perch atop this refuge road sign to wait and watch for mice, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, frogs and other birds.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.