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Volunteer cleanup on Colonel Whipple Trail - USFWS.

Volunteer

There are always a myriad of jobs - big and small - that need doing. These include assisting with filing and mailing, pulling invasive plants, bird counts, greeting visitors, assisting at events, developing and giving interpretive programs, internships, and independent study projects.

Volunteer job descriptions:

Headquarters, Fort River, Salmon River, and Blueberry Swamp Divisions

  • Contact Dean Rhine: 413-548-8002 x8112 or Dean_Rhine@fws.gov 

Nulhegan Basin, Pondicherry, Putney Mountain

  • Contact Steve Agius: 802-962-5240 ext 112 or Steve_Agius@fws.gov

Also see: http://volunteers.fws.gov/

 

See volunteers in action!

 

Volunteer video photo

Video: Students from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst share their volunteer experience!

Friends Groups

Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge 

In 2005, a small group of committed partners formed the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (FOC). Since then, the group has become a thriving network of more than 70 public and private organizations and individuals whose collective efforts forge mutually beneficial partnerships and strengthen the health of the Connecticut River watershed and the communities that live in and are served by it. The Friends of Conte hosts quarterly meetings in various locations throughout the watershed. To get involved contact Markelle Smith: Markelle_Smith@tnc.org

Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center is a non-profit group whose mission is to: support and enhance the Great Falls Discovery Center and the Connecticut River Watershed; to educate the public about the unique features of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Connecticut River Greenway State Park; and to foster public use and enjoyment of the Center, the Park, and the Refuge. Their website is www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

Friends of Pondicherry

The Pondicherry Division is fortunate to have the support of a strong and dedicated friends group. Members visit the Refuge nearly every day of the year interacting with visitors, identifying maintenance needs, monitoring wildlife, conducting educational workshops, etc. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the Refuge Manager at 413.548.8002 x113, or David Govatski: david.govatski@gmail.com.

Friends of the Nulhegan

The Friends of the Nulhegan serves as an advocate and supporter of the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Visit their website to learn more: www.friendsofthenulhegan.com.

Friends of the Fort River

The Friends of the Fort River Refuge is a newly formed Friends group that serves as an advocate and supporter of the Fort River Division and partner with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The Friends assist with the maintenance of a 1.1 mile universally accessible birding and nature trail on the property, help with invasive species control, monitor and enhance barn swallow nesting on the property, host special activities, and help with a variety of other shared priority activities. If you would like more information about this friends group, please email:  friendsoffortriver@gmail.com.

Friends of Salmon River

The Friends of Salmon River is comprised of a group of people with strong ties to the division and Haddam Neck. Members have actively worked with Refuge staff on public road maintenance, invasive plant control, and interacting with visitors and neighbors.  If you would like more information about this friends group, please contact the Refuge Manager at 413.548.8002 x113 or Dean_Rhine@fws.gov. 

Friends of Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge

The Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge includes the largest unfragmented area of natural floodplain vegetation in the Connecticut River Watershed. It is a 370 acre unit of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge located in the meadows are of more than 1,000 ares of forest, meadow, ponds and marshes in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The Friends of Stebbins supports preservation of the natural plants and wildlife of the refuge and offers opportunities for people to enjoy the birds, trails and natural environment. For more information about the Friends of Stebbins, program and volunteering contact: friendsofstebbins@gmail.com