FWS Programs and Responsibilities

The eleven programs of the Service work together to:

  • manage migratory bird populations;
  • restore interjurisdictional fisheries and administer the National Fish Hatchery System;
  • conserve and restore wildlife habitat, through the National Wildlife Refuge System and cooperative conservation efforts with landowners, other governments and non governmental organizations;
  • administer the Endangered Species Act;
  • assist foreign governments with their conservation efforts;
  • oversee Federal Assistance in Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs, which distribute, through federal grants, hundreds of millions of dollars earned from excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies;
  • enforce conservation laws.

Follow the links below to learn more about the programs of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Many of the programs have a "Who We Are" or "What We Do" button which will provide an overview of the program. Use the back button in the new window to return to this page.

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration;
National Wildlife Refuge System;
Migratory Birds;
Fisheries & Habitat Conservation;
Endangered Species;
International Affairs;
Law Enforcement;
External Affairs (Public Affairs, Native American Liaison, NCTC, Congressional and Legislative Affairs);
Budget, Planning, and Human Capital;
Information Resources and Technology and
Business Management and Operations (Engineering, Contracting and Facilities Management, Financial Management, Economics and Safety and Health).

Additional functions of the Service can be found at National Programs and Functions. These links provide more specific information.