Experiencing Life
Nenes, a type of goose found only in Hawaii, show how isolation from other bodies of land can produce unique biodiversity. The birds can be found in National Wildlife Refuges among other places.
Photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth, USFWS

Hawaii - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a bureau within the Department of the Interior, administers the national wildlife refuges. According to their web site the objectives of the USFWS are the following:

  1. Assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility.
  2. Guide the conservation, development, and management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources.
  3. Administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.
"[They] manage the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program [they] also operate 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices and 86 ecological services field stations."

The wildlife refuges in Hawaii are:

  • Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Huleia National Wildlife Refuge
  • James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
  • O'ahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge


Trip Menu
  1. Greater Yellowstone
  2. Southeast
  3. Northeast
  4. Four Corners
  5. Northwest
  6. Heartland
  7. California
  8. Great Lakes
  9. Southwest
  10. Mid-Atlantic
  11. Alaska
  12. Hawaii
    1. National Park Service
    2. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    3. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    4. U.S. Forest Service & BLM
    5. Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
    6. Hawaii State Parks
    7. Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation
    8. The Nature Conservancy
    9. Zoos and Aquariums
    10. Botanical Gardens
    11. Other Sites

USFWS in Hawaii Map


For more information, please e-mail us at