Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Waterfowl Wednesdays

    Join a refuge volunteer for a bird walk at our visitor center on select Wednesdays through the winter. More details below.

    Waterfowl Wednesdays Flyer

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    Trail Closure

    The Beaverdam Boardwalk and Flint Creek Trails are both closed for re-construction. Stay tuned for closure updates.

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    Festival of the Cranes 2022

    Join us on January 15-16, 2022! Events take place at Wheeler NWR as well as several venues in downtown Decatur.

    Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler

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    Caves on the Refuge

    Learn more about how you can enjoy Wheeler's caves.

    Caves on the Refuge

A Home for Wildlife

Waterfowl Surveys

View the latest refuge waterfowl survey counts.

Click here for Winter Waterfowl Survey results.

Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit

Click the link below to access refuge rules and the 2021/2022 Refuge Hunting Regulations & Permit.

Visit the Rules & Regulations Page

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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See some of the winning art from the 2020 contest! Or find out more about how to participate in the 2021 contest.

Alabama Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Where Wildlife Comes First

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Wheeler NWR is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility. But, what should you do if you've found injured wildlife?

Click here to learn more!

About the Complex

Wheeler Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS