Baby Blues

In honor of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge’s 50th birthday in 1993, Nancy Howe, Vermont artist and winner of the 1991-92 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, created a painting entitled “Baby Blues.”  The artwork features three Great Blue Heron young in their nest.  Nancy spent one day in a blind in the Refuge’s heron rookery.  She observed […]


  The Friends group publishes a newsletter four times a year in conjunction with each season at the Refuge. Newsletters are posted here after they are sent out to our membership.  Click to download the newsletter as a PDF file: Winter 2018 Fall 2018 Summer 2018 Spring 2018 Winter 2017 Fall 2017 Summer 2017 Spring […]

Join the Friends of Missisquoi!

Membership in Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge allows you to help support public education about important wildlife and habitat issues of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, you receive: – A 10 percent discount on merchandise in the Refuge Office. – A chance to become a participant in Refuge activities and make a practical […]

About Us

Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge  is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization consisting of private citizens who provide volunteer and financial support to Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.  Read More

Manager's Corner

What is a refuge anyway?

Missisquoi Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System which is a unique group of federal lands managed rather differently than other publicly owned natural areas.   The fact that Refuges are generally small parcels compared to National Forests or National Parks may be one reason why they sometimes go unnoticed and misunderstood.   Perhaps it is also that Refuges have more restrictions than other lands managed by other state or federal agencies.  Certainly my uniform doesn’t... 

Winter Birds of the Refuge: Rough-legged Hawk

If you have been bird watching in Vermont in the last month you may have been lucky enough to spot one of the area’s winter visitors: the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).  This large bird of prey gets its common name from the fact that feathers cover its legs all the way to its toes.  Although its feathered legs are good diagnostic characteristics, it is also identified by its large size (wing span of up to 4.5 feet), dark patches under each wing, a white patch at the base of the... 

Meet the new refuge manager

The Friends of MNWR welcomes Ken Sturm as the new refuge manager! Ken comes to us from Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR) in West Virginia, though in many ways he says he feels as if he’s coming home. Ken studied wildlife fisheries and biology at UVM, and he even did his senior project at the Missisquoi refuge. After college he worked for three seasons for the Green Mountain Club, which maintains Vermont’s Long Trail, and for the Student Conservation Association. Through...