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

Whooping crane pauses in the vegetation at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Endangered Species Act
Flight to Survive
By the late 1800’s, agricultural expansion, wetland degradation and direct take such as shooting and collection had drastically reduced the population of whooping cranes. But even when it looked like they had lost in the contest with man and nature, not everyone lost hope.
Brown cormorant floating in blue water has a pinkish-white stingray in its bill
Double-crested Cormorant With Stingray
Sometimes all the hard work of fishing pays off with a delicious meal...but not in this case.
Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and other partners pose for the Numana Dam groundbreaking.
Habitat Restoration
Numana Dam Fish Passage Project
On September 13, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke ground to commence construction on a fish passage project at Numana Dam in northern Nevada. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada Department of Wildlife and other partners joined the Service...
ducks swim in water near a bait site
Migratory Species
2023 Waterfowl Banding Operations: Northeast Montana
Overall, we had a great month and banded 12 different species. There are many dabbling ducks in the area but this is a great place for catching divers as well.
two biologists wading in water to get ducks out of trap
Migratory Species
2023 Waterfowl Banding Operations: Southern Manitoba
Over the course of the month, we caught mallards, black ducks, northern pintails, redheads, canvasbacks, wood ducks, blue-wing teals, green-wing teals, ring-necked ducks, and a bufflehead. In total, we setup 13 swim-in traps and caught over 2,500 ducks!
Dark colored gray wolf with a Uinta ground squirrel in its mouth
Endangered Species Act
USFWS releases final EIS & draft decision to designate a gray wolf experimental population in Colorado
Following the passage of a statewide ballot initiative to reintroduce wolves in Colorado, USFWS is announcing the availability of the final EIS...

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.