Run for the Refuge
Lace up your running shoes and help to protect critical wetland habitats at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge during our virtual race.
Registration opens July 15, 2022!
23rd Annual Photography Contest
To celebrate National Wildlife Refuges and the beauty of nature, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge invites all photographers to enter the 23rd Annual Federal Public Lands Photography Contest.
Explore Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge with us!
We exist because...
Fresh water is a finite resource. We are working to protect it. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. The Great Lakes contain about 20% of the world's fresh water but they are in jeopardy. The wetlands of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge play a critical role in the Lake Erie ecosystem, acting as the kidneys of the landscape; working to protect NW Ohio's drinking water, work, and leisure. They also provide important nesting and stopover habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge works to support Ohio's only national wildlife refuge complex through fundraising and volunteerism so that we can be the change that our wildlife and community deserve.
Your Wildlife Refuge
Plan Your Visit
Conservation at Home
Spring Birding Spots
Bald Eagle Updates
Recent Wildlife Sightings
Fishing and Hunting Information
Wildlife Observation & Birding Tips
Bird Migration Timing
Scenes from the Swamp
Land Acquisition and Restoration
Refuge Tractor Fund
Visitor Center Fishing Access
West Harbor Landing
Wildlife Drive Improvements
Bird Friendly Facility Project
ABOUT THE FRIENDS:
Board of Directors
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Enduring Purpose Gifts
Become a Member
Purchase License Plate
Read our most recent Annual Report to learn more about what we do
and learn how you can get involved.