The Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2006 with the purpose to promote, protect, and provide resources to preserve and enhance the refuge for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Friends fulfills our purpose in many ways:
- The Grebe Newsletter includes information about projects (upcoming, ongoing, and completed), events, wildlife sightings, volunteers, and other refuge news.
- Supports outreach programs to area schools, public markets, and other events.
- Assists with funding transportation for the Discover Wildlife Journey that brings schoolchildren to the refuge.
- Supports regular lectures and programs at the refuge for adults and families, such as Wild About Life.
- Supports Kids Fish Day and Bioblitz.
- Sponsors conservation projects on the refuge.
- Supports and sponsors environmental education.
- Operates and maintains the Osprey Cam.
- Building wildlife viewing blinds and platforms.
- Built a native plant pollinator garden and interpretive area.
- Supports and takes part in periodical litter pickup around the refuge.
- Installs and maintains wild bird feeders at the refuge headquarters and the viewing blind.
- Identifies, initiates, projects and support actions, and cooperates with refuge personnel.
A future project is to assist the refuge in the creation of an environmental education center at the refuge.
The Friends support the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and its programs in cooperation with the USFWS, advocating for the lands under Refuge management and for educational and restoration programs. The Friends envision the Refuge as a destination for visitors from around the Treasure Valley as well as from across the country and the world.