National Wildlife Refuge Videos

National Wildlife Refuge Video Index

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National Wildlife Refuge Video List

America’s National Wildlife Refuge System (00:12:00)

A Place for Wildlife and People. Wildlife plays the starring role on a stage of stunning habitats in this captivating story of America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Journey from the tropics of Hawaii to the rocky shores of Maine, for the rich prairie heartland to Florida’s peaceful backwaters, in this documentary on the 95 million acres of special places devoted specifically to the protection of America’s wildlife.

Alaska National Wildlife Refuges (00:29:31):

The Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges are lands of spectacular beauty, with rolling tundra, braided rivers, glacial lakes, towering mountains, active volcanoes, rugged sea cliffs and pristine coastlines. Dominated by massive volcanoes of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the Aleutian Mountain Range forms the spine of refuge lands which extend from the rocky Pacific shores to lakes and marshes of the Bristol Bay coastal plain. Encompassing almost five million acres, these wildlife refuges lie 300 to 500 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Aransas Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge (00:11:30)

A Place for Nature. The Aransas and Matagorda Island Refuges were established to protect a variety of vanishing coastal Texas wildlife, including many types of birds, as well as mammals and reptiles. Matagorda Island is a narrow, 38-mile-long barrier island, about five miles off the Aransas shore. The two refuges together encompass about 115,000 acres. Aransas and Matagorda Island are both part of the century-old National Wildlife Refuge System. Scenic Matagorda Island offers visitors a glimpse of the past with windswept beach, a picturesque lighthouse erected in 1852 and Civil War trenches, the only remaining traces of an 1862 battle.

Becherof and Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuges (00:15:23)

An overview of the 5.5 million acres that encompass these two spectacular refuges. Becharof National Wildlife Refuge lies between Katmai National Park and Preserve and Alaska Peninsula Refuge. The refuge is dominated by Becharof Lake, the second largest lake in Alaska. The lake covers one-fourth of the refuge and is surrounded by low rolling hills, tundra wetlands, volcanic peaks and to the east, the 477,000 acre Becharof Wilderness. Salmon spawning streams attract one of the largest concentrations of brown bear in Alaska. Moose inhabit the refuge in moderate numbers and about 10,000 caribou migrate through and winter on the refuge seasonally. Other mammals include wolves, wolverines, river otters, red fox, and beaver. Sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, and migratory whales inhabit the shoreline and offshore waters. Alaska Peninsula Refuge is a land of spectacular beauty with rolling tundra, towering mountains, active volcanoes, and rugged coastlines. Encompassing some 3.5 million acres, the refuge is dominated by the Aleutian Range, part of a chain of volcanoes, the Ring of Fire, that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Designated a National Natural Landmark, 8,400 foot Mt. Veniaminof is a massive volcano with a base almost 30 miles across, larger than any active volcano on record. The summit crater, about 5.2 miles in diameter, contains a 25 square mile cupped ice field--the most extensive crater glacier in North America. Large mammals found on the refuge include moose, caribou, wolves, brown bear, and wolverines. Productive salmon streams sustain a large population of brown bear. Sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and migratory whales inhabit the shores and offshore waters.

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (00:09:27)

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge - Located on the Missouri River, established in 1994, stetching from St. Louis to Kansas City. The Missouri River is one of the nation's most important river systems. Historically, the "Big Muddy" as the river is known, supported an abundance of fish and wildlife and a diversity of habitats. The river also played a significant role in the Nation's history, launching Lewis and Clark on their famous journey. Over centuries, changes came to the Missouri River as efforts were made to facilitate navigation and ease flooding. But at the same time, hundreds of thousands of acres of fish and wildlife habitat along the River were lost. Established in 1994 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is meant to restore some of the Missouri River's natural resources. The refuge may someday appear as "beads on a string" along the river from St. Louis to Kansas City - 25 to 30 tracts encompassing about 60,000 acres of land acquired from willing sellers. Big Muddy's purpose is to preserve and restore natural river floodplain, manage fish and wildlife habitats, and provide for compatible public use. Activities to meet these goals are carried out with the involvement of those who live, work, and recreate along the Missouri River.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (00:20:45)

Challenges Met – Promises Kept. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of three refuges in the Complex; Martin and Susquehanna are the other refuges. The administration office is located about 12 miles south of Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Officially established in 1933 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds, additional lands and purposes have since been added. Upon completion, the complex will protect thousands of acres of internationally important wetland habitats.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Open Captions) (00:11:10): America's Gem on the Delaware. Among the strand of pearls that dot the western shore of Delaware, one has become a mid-Atlantic mecca for wildlife and people alike - Bombay Hook NWR.

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Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (00:17:22): An Oasis for Wildlife .

Enjoy the splendor of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge while learning about behind-the-scenes wetland management techniques implemented to maintain a flourishing wildlife habitat. "An Oasis for Wildlife" offers a picturesque, educational portrayal of Bosque del Apache, a "jewel" of the National Wildlife Refuge System. First established in 1939 by Theodore Roosevelt, the Bosque continues to provide a haven for waterfowl and other birds that traditionally migrated along the Rio Grande Corridor, wintering in this fertile oasis. 17:20 Captioned.

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (00:25:51)

Desert Wilderness. In southern Arizona, along the Mexican border, is one of the most inhospitable and desolate places in North America. Bill Broyles, a refuge volunteer and school teacher who has been exploring Cabeza Prieta for more than 25 years, introduces the viewer to the region’s fascinating history and to the Refuge’s complex Sonoran desert ecosystem. More plant and animal species live here than any other arid region on the globe.

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (00:09:42)

A National Treasure . This slide show on video gives viewers an overview biological riches of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia. (11 min.)

Caribbean Islands in Peril (00:17:01)

Conserving Our Natural Treasures - The Caribbean is a place of exquisite beauty with lush green forests, white sand beaches, dry coastal plains, and serpentine rivers – truly a tropical paradise! It’s a tropical paradise under pressure from environmental threats such as commercial and residential development, chemical contamination, illegal trash dumping, sand extraction, and highway construction. Join personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the conservation of the Caribbean’s natural treasures!

Charles M Russell NWR (Open Caption) (00:26:20)

Nature's Timeless Landscape. Charles M. Russell NWR is a sprawling slice of the American West. Stretching more than 125 miles from east to west along the Missouri River, the refuge is not one destination, but many.

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (00:29:38)

Chincoteague National Wildlife includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Most of the refuge is located on the Virginia end of Assateague Island; however, 418 acres are on the Maryland side of the island, 427 acres are found on Morris Island, and 546 acres comprise Wildcat Marsh on the northern tip on Chincoteague Island. Additionally, Chincoteague Refuge’s boundaries extend south and encompass all or part of the following barrier islands: Assawoman, Metompkin, and Cedar. The refuge’s location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it a vital resting and feeding spot for a large number and diversity of birds.

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (00:11:44)

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for native wildlife and an environment for people to observe and appreciate wildlife. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge strikes a balance between long-term natural resources stewardship and practical day to day use. Agriculture, industry, recreation, and wildlife conservation harmonize at Crab Orchard in a fashion that is unique in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

DeSoto NWR (Captioned) (00:11:50)

DeSoto NWR, Where Nature Meets History. An essential sanctuary for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, surrounded by miles of the Midwest's most productive farmland, DeSoto NWR straddles two states and centuries of vibrant American History.

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (00:17:32)

Where Wildlife Comes Naturally. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is just one of over 500 refuges located nationwide. The National Wildlife System is the only network of federal lands dedicated specifically to wildlife conservation. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 through community support and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is located on both banks of the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia. Named after the city of Eufaula, the refuge offers a variety of wetland and upland habitats for a diverse fauna. A prominent feature of the abundant wetlands is Lake Eufaula (Walter F. George Reservoir) and several feeder streams.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (00:16:39)

Sights and Sounds. This video will delight your eyes and ears as you take in the beauty of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. Set to lovely music and without narration, you will enjoy captivating wildlife footage and scenic vistas. Encompassing the northern two-thirds of the 32,000 acre Horicon Marsh, the Refuge provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for large numbers of ducks and Canada geese. Horicon Marsh is a Wetland of International Importance, a Globally Important Bird Area, a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, and the largest freshwater, cattail marsh in the United States. Over 220 species of birds live at the Refuge, including the largest nesting population of redhead ducks east of the Mississippi River. The Friends of Horicon National Wildlife invite you to become involved in Refuge activities to make the marsh a better place for wildlife.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (00:11:51)

Islands of the Marsh. The Refuge was established by Congress in 1972. When acquisition is complete, it will consist of 1,200 acres of varied habitat, including the largest freshwater tidal marsh in the state of Pennsylvania. There is plenty to enjoy. Hiking, bird watching, fishing and wildlife observation are just a few of the activities offered to visitors at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (00:10:04)

Where Wildlife Comes First - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge covers over two million acres in south central Alaska. The refuge is home to: salmon, eagles, and trumpeter swans, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep, brown bear, lynx, and wolves. Help the refuge to conserve wildlife and resources. By working together we can create a future legacy where salmon runs are healthy, brown bears thrive, and wolves continue to roam the wilderness.

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (00:11:57)

Home of the Great Kodiak Bear. Look deep into the island oasis of the great Kodiak bear on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Awake with the bears from their dens and travel with them throughout the seasons to reveal the secrets of their success. Dive underwater to view Kodiak’s abundant and diverse ecosystem as it is rejuvenated by thousands of salmon arriving from the ocean to spawn. Learn how early cultures, explorers, and settlers viewed the mighty bear of the Kodiak Archipelago and how people coexist with them today. Finally, listen to the compelling story of visionary conservationists, who during a time of war, acted to preserve this gem of America’s natural heritage, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (00:12:08)

A Haven for Wildlife. Come down from the lush, enveloping folds of Vermont’s majestic Green Mountains … down into the great Champlain Valley, where the land flattens into broad Canadian plains Missisquoi – A Haven for Wildlife takes you to Vermont’s northernmost National Wildlife Refuge, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages a diverse array of habitats for the benefit of wildlife and for the enjoyment of the many visitors who flock there in all seasons.

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge (00:15:00)

Where Wildlife Comes Naturally. The primary purpose of the Muscatatuck Refuge is to provide food, shelter, and nesting areas for waterfowl and many kinds of native birds and animals. The refuge is a great place to see many animals in their natural environment. The birds and animals present vary with the time of the year; while spring and fall are good times to observe migrating ducks and geese, summer is the time to see young wood ducks and Canada geese that have hatched on the refuge. Winter is a good time to observe year-round residents of the refuge plus winter visitors that sometimes include tundra swans, northern harriers, goldeneye ducks, and short eared owls. The very best times to see wildlife on the refuge are just after sunrise and just before sunset.

National Bison Range Complex National Wildlife Refuge (00:18:02)

Keeping Our Bison Heritage Alive – Special Edition. The heritage of the American West, where majestic bison roam in herds that blanket the hillsides, can be found at the National Bison Range. You can experience this in the 14-minute introductory video, “National Bison Range/Keeping Our Bison Heritage Alive”. For nearly 100 years, this refuge has fulfilled the Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission of conserving wildlife for the benefit of all Americans.

Here, amid the breathtaking Montana landscape you’ll experience a panorama of native wildlife and plants that make the National Bison Range one of the foremost jewels in the crown of the National Wildlife Refuge System. From herds of bounding pronghorn antelope to yellow balsamroot blooming among expansive native prairie, the visitor is in for the treat of a lifetime.

And it’s the American bison that’s the star of our show – those great, shaggy creatures of prehistory that once roamed the West in the millions, but whose numbers declined to the very edge of existence. Learn how the Nation’s first conservationists brought the America bison back from near-extinction, providing a haven in 1908 with Theodore Roosevelt’s creation of the National Bison Range.

Experience America’s wildlife as it once was with this introduction to the “National Bison Range/Keeping Our Bison Heritage Alive”!

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (00:13:01)

A Southern Serenade. Located in south-central Mississippi, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors a glimpse of bountiful wildlife populations in restored southern pine and bottom land hardwood forest habitats. This 13-minute video provides just a sampling of nature’s wonders that awaits you when you visit Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and experience firsthand, a truly magical Southern Serenade.

Ohio River National Wildlife Refuge (00:06:35)

Scattered along 362 miles of the Ohio River, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge restores and protects habitat for wildlife in one of our nation’s busiest inland waterways. This refuge began with the purchase of eight islands by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1990. Today, the refuge includes two islands in Pennsylvania, eighteen islands and three mainland tracts in West Virginia, and two islands in Kentucky. Additional properties may be acquired in the future.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (00:19:09)

Located in an area of dense and expanding human population and development, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge has special significance and value to migratory birds, other wildlife, and people. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is of vital stopover significance to waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds during pre- and post-breeding migratory periods.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (00:09:54)

Where Wildlife and People Naturally Come Together. The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Office is located in the northeast corner of North Carolina, in the town of Columbia. As they have for centuries, waterfowl, geese, and other birds fly south to spend fall and winter here. The refuge harbors a wide variety of wildlife and unique natural resources. Pocosin Lakes provides sanctuary for several endangered animals such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and the red wolf and is working to perpetuate the globally threatened Atlantic white cedar ecosystem. There are many adventures at Pocosin Lakes for visitors and locals alike. You can go fishing, hunting, see the dazzling display of wild flowers and dogwoods, or stroll along the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk. You may also want to take a drive on the Charles Kuralt Trail. This mapped travelogue of refuges along the southeastern corridor of North Carolina highlights the cherished places of native author/newsman Charles Kuralt. Pocosin Lakes and other National Wildlife Refuges are special places – where wildlife and people naturally come together.

Roanoke River: The River of Life (00:19:31)

The Roanoke River is a critically important natural resource for North Carolina, Virginia and even the Nation. The river's flow has been managed for over 50 years for flood control, hydroelectric production, municipal supply and reservoir recreation. This video will inspire you to become more aware of the relationship between natural resource helth and quality of life; more specifically, it will inspire you to become involved in the protection of the Roanoke River system.

Sacramento Valley Refuges (00:16:14)

Sacramento Valley Refuges - Unfinished Symphony. This video underscores the critical role people perform to ensure the perpetual maintenance of rare places in the Sacramento Valley where truly, wildlife comes first. Unfinished Symphony presents and award-winning, visually extravagant overture to nature’s elaborating production of life in the wild that’s sometimes discordant, often in perfect harmony, endlessly appealing; but, never finished.

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (00:10:36)

Discover seven natural treasures that lie within the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Open Captioned) (00:17:15)

Like No Place Else on Earth! Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge stands out among America’s best wildlife viewing areas. Masses of snow geese descend on the refuge each fall. Since being created in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the refuge has become a spotlight of the Lower Missouri River ecosystem. As a globally important bird area, Squaw Creek’s wetlands and mud flats are essential “refueling stations” for flocks of shorebirds migrating across the continent.

Managing Squaw Creek NWR for Wildlife and People (Captioned) (00:04:54):

Tiglax (00:31:28)

Tiglax is the M/V Tiglax research vessel of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Journey to the distant, misty islands of Alaska to learn the story of this remarkable refuge, home to most of North America's seabirds and countless marine mammals. Visit isolated refuge field camps where scientists work to unlock the secrets of island wildlife. Experience the vastness of this refuge of 2500 islands, rocks, and reefs scattered along Alaska's coast from the British Columbia border to the tip of the Aleutian chain and north to the Chukchi Sea; Alaska Natural History Association: Connecting people to Alaska's natural and cultural heritage.

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge - Rivers of Life (Open Captions) (00:11:51)

Set amidst towering mountains adorned with glaciers and rocky cliffs rising majestically from the Bering Sea…all wrapped in a colorful blanket of spruce forest, wildflowers and wild open tundra – Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is one of the outstanding jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This incredibly diverse backdrop, located in southwest Alaska, is home to thriving populations of brown bears, caribou, moose, and walrus, plus a multitude of sea birds, marine mammals and other wildlife.

Linking the 4.7 million acres of Togiak Refuge and its nearly 300 species of wildlife are 1500 miles of rivers and streams. Each summer the sparkling waters of Togiak Refuge swell with stunning numbers of Pacific salmon. Through such yearly migrations, returning fish nourish untold numbers of plants, animals and people, just as they have for thousands of years. The life cycle of the Pacific salmon, delivered like acts in a play, is the event that sustains life along Togiak’s many waterways, literally transforming them into ‘Rivers of Life’.

Yukon Flats NWR (00:09:11)

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge is a vast, extreme, wild, and vital landscape. Within its boundaries are 11 million acres of roadless lands that straddle the Arctic Circle. The refuge provides excellent habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including one of the most important waterfowl breeding areas in North America. The refuge is also home to rural Alaskan residents, including Gwich’in and Koyukon Athabascan people. Join us as we explore America’s third largest National Wildlife Refuge.