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MAY 2016

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National Wildlife Refuges 38 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2016 The FWS has stated that there are about eight times more volunteers than federal employees within the refuge system, mak- ing volunteers vital. How to Get Involved Friends groups have membership and vol- unteer opportunities, and they can gen- erally be contacted from their web pages or by phone. The NWR Association has a list of all affliated Friends groups on its website (tinyurl.com/friends-groups). Individuals interested in volunteering di- rectly with the FWS should review the op- portunities posted at volunteer.gov. They can also contact the feld offce of a specifc refuge, the FWS volunteer coordinator for a region, or the FWS national headquar- ters. Additional information can be found on the FWS volunteer page at fws.gov/vol- unteers. Regardless of how birders contribute, the National Wildlife Refuge System is a key part of avian conservation in America, and it needs volunteers. With more than 550 NWRs across the U.S., there are al- most surely opportunities nearby. n Colorado's Monte Vista NWR provides a safe resting place for thousands of Sandhill Cranes. Photo © Mark A. Bauer/USGS

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