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Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

WHAT WE DO-----                                                                                                                                                                                               Work can become fun!!!!  Last fall, trees were donated to the Refuge through a cooperative effort of Friends and Modern Woodmen.  COOPERATION is the name of the game as Refuge personnel.  Friends’ members, and a representative of Modern Woodmen diligently worked to ensure the trees were planted properly.  The nine Red Bud trees and Dogwood trees were planted at Bogard Point amid the picnic tables and grills.  When spring arrived, all trees survived and bloomed, bloomed, and bloomed.  This beautiful area is great for fishing, family picnics and just relaxing.  

Eagle tours are conducted during January each year. A magnificent example of nature at its best. Telescopes are available for closeup views. Spotting two eagles in the same tree makes the trip  worthwhile.

Cleanup is scheduled for September 17, 2016.  Signup and then go to work cleaning up areas of the Refuge.


How about a tour through restricted areas of the Refuge.  Even if no flowers are seen  on the Wild Flower tours, the natural scenes will make the tour enjoyable!!!!   


Hunting and Fishing Days are a big event for the Southern Illinois area, Crab Orchard Refuge and Friends of Crab Orchard Refuge.  Friends has a temporary store area AND Friends sponsor many of the activities for youth.

Fishing--Archery and lots more.  This year September 24th and 25th.  Hope to see you at this big event.


Friends work diligently (financial assistance) with local schools in advancing the education of nature and wildlife to the youth in our Southern Illinois communities.  We furnish up to $100 per bus for costs incurred in transporting students for educational workshops conducted by Refuge personnel at the Wildlife Refuge.

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