Fresh water is a finite resource. We are working to protect it. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. The Great Lakes contain about 20% of the world’s fresh water but they are in jeopardy. The wetlands of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge play a critical role in the Lake Erie ecosystem, acting as the kidneys of the landscape; working to protect NW Ohio’s drinking water, work, and leisure. They also provide important nesting and stopover habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge works to support Ohio’s only national wildlife refuge complex through fundraising and volunteerism so that we can be the change that our wildlife and community deserve.
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge supports the Ottawa NWR Complex in three key areas: Youth Development (providing intern stipends and environmental education programs), Land Acquisition and Restoration work (purchasing and restoring land to be conserved by the refuge, forever) and Public Access Projects (opening areas where our community members can safely recreate outdoors). For more information about the visible impact Friends of Ottawa NWR has recently made on the refuge, please visit https://www.friendsofottawanwr.org/recent-accomplishments.html