Around the Refuge

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

2019-2010 Federal Duck Stamp

The 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp will be available for sale at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on July 1, 2019. This year's Duck Stamp by artist Scot Storm depicts a wood duck and decoy, celebrating waterfowl hunting heritage.

Friends of Rachel Carson NWR

Event plover talk July 19

The Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization with the goal of supporting our refuge in its mission to preserve land for migratory birds and local wildlife.

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New England Cottontail

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Do you think you've spotted Maine's only native cottontail rabbit-the New England cottontail? Let us know about it!

Information wanted

Volunteer for Wildlife

Greenhouse Volunteer Event

The refuge needs your help! Contact our volunteer coordinator to learn about upcoming volunteer events.

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What's Happening

Hunting Goes Online with RecAccess

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge’s (NWR) hunt program will be transitioning to an on-line system for the 2019-2020 hunt season. Big game, migratory bird, upland game bird, and falconry permits will available only by using RecAccess. RecAccess is a leading provider of online fee collection solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies. The 2019-2020 Rachel Carson NWR hunt permits will be available for purchase Monday, August 19, 2019. Hunters may create a RecAccess account now by going to the link below.

RecAccess "Create an Account"

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.

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