WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced a resolution to designate the week of October 11-17 as ‘National Wildlife Refuge Week.’ The resolution celebrates the unique ecosystems and wildlife found in our National Wildlife Refuges and recognizes the numerous activities they support including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and environmental education. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the nation’s largest network of public lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and plays a significant role in wildlife conservation.

“I’m proud to call attention to the importance of our National Wildlife Refuge System by introducing this resolution with my friend and colleague, Senator Kennedy,” said Senator Coons. “Delaware’s Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges provide critical habitats for several species of migratory birds and other wildlife, while also offering great recreational opportunities for people throughout the state. I’m proud that Congress recently passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide much-needed maintenance funding for refuges across the country. I look forward to continuing to work on a bipartisan basis to support the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Louisiana is home to diverse and breathtaking wildlife, and I hope Louisianians take the opportunity to enjoy our wildlife refuges in person. I’m thankful to partner with Sen. Coons to help everyone appreciate the role these ecosystems play in our communities,” said Senator Kennedy.

The National Wildlife Refuge System includes 568 refuges and 38 wetland management districts located in every State and territory of the United States. Each year, refuges contribute more than $3 billion to local economies and support more than 41,000 jobs. 

Read the “National Wildlife Refuge Week” resolution here.