Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges

Friends needed....

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife observers, hikers, birders, wildlife photographers, hunters, fishermen, kayakers, and environmental educators... 

The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts seeking like-minded individuals to join us in our efforts. Our goals include fund-raising for Refuge projects, and volunteerism to support Refuge projects and events. Your membership dues will help support projects on our refuges, and you can volunteer your labor and talents to give back to your community and help make this endeavor successful.  If you would like to join our Friends group, or would like more information regarding our organization, please attend one of our general meetings, one of our events, or send us an email using the contact form located here:   Contact Us

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Memberships start at $15.00 per year for students and seniors, $20.00 per year for individuals. You can now join us, renew your membership, or donate to our cause online using Paypal and your credit card (Paypal account not required). Please check out our Membership Information Page for details or to join our group.

*Event Report*
Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner and Kayak, Scope Raffle Drawings

The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held our second annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, December 6, 2014. We appreciate all those in our community who bought tickets and joined us for a fun evening in Golden Shores. Music was graciously provided by Antiquated Systems of Golden Shores. A beautiful cake with our Friends logo and a soaring pintail duck centerpiece was admired by all; thank you, Kelsie's Cakes. A special note of appreciation goes to Deanna Acosta and her family of Golden Shores who prepared and served a wonderful meal.

In addition to door prizes and our general raffle, tickets were drawn for the $1,000 Kayak Raffle from AZBuilt Sports, and the Nikon Spotting Scope donated by Bill Weidemann. Nancy S. of Lake Havasu City won the Kayak Raffle, and Ward V. of Golden Shores won the Spotting Scope.

Our Friends group raised approximately $1,500.00 during the festivities. We would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions and donations:

Chad Villamor and the Golden Shores Fire Department, Bill Weidemann, Howdey Hooches River Grill, River Stop Shell Station, the Gun Exchange, Golden Shores Realty, Desert Archery, Safeway-Bullhead City, Parker, and Lake Havasu City, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Sam's Club -Bullhead City, Desert River Outfitters, College St. Brewhouse & Pub-LHC, Jennifer Rose,Walmart-BHC, John West, Tom and Jacky Daugherty, Grand Canyon Railway, Big5 Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City stores, Dr. Thomas Dallman, Mohave Electric Cooperative, Marge Penton, Subway, Movies Havasu, CNH Arms, and The Springs Restaurant at Havasu Springs.

Join us for the event next year!

The Trees Remember a River

Read the article "The Trees Remember a River" by our Friend, Kathleen Blair, Ph.d. by going

NFWF Grant Awarded to Friends of Bill Williams River and Havasu NWR

Earlier this year our Friends group applied for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Grant to purchase a computer, office equipment, and software that will enable us to have a mobile office capable of giving power point presentations to community groups and schools, enhancing our ability to provide Environmental Education to the public. On June 7, 2013 we received the following announcement from the NFWF:

“We are pleased to advise you that the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved a grant of $2,638.95 to the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges to support the Establishing Infrastructure for the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges (AZ, CA) project. This grant is provided on the condition that these funds will be matched by $2,638.95 in matching contributions raised by the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges.”

We would like to thank the NFWF for the award, and we will do our utmost to put it to good use.

Our logo is a montage featuring the Bill Williams River landscape in the foreground, a Northern Pintail flying over Topock Marsh in the center, and the Needles Mountains area of Havasu NWR  in the background.
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*Event Report*
Friends and Family Fun Day at Catfish Paradise, Havasu NWR!
October 25, 2014

The 2nd Annual Friends and Family Fun Day at Catfish Paradise in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge was a success.

Approximately 175 kids of all ages enjoyed archery ranges, an Arizona Game and Fish Department exhibition booth, a nature hike/birdwalk, and kids fishing on the dock. A table was featured where kids could dissect "owl pellets", which contain undigestable portions of an owls prey, such as bones and fur.

Our Friends group also had a refreshment booth with hot dogs and snacks, t-shirt sales, and information about our group. The weather was spectacular, and a fun time was had by all. Our Friends group assisted with the event sponsored by the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff. Special thanks go out to Arizona Game and Fish Department for providing their wildlife display, and for providing the equipment and instruction for the kids fishing fun.

Look for a bigger, better event next year!
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Pintail Slough Litter Pick-up and General Meeting
Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Pintail Slough litter pick event was held the morning of March 22, 2014. Nine volunteers picked up a full truckload of trash and litter along two miles of County Road One between Mileposts 4 and 6. A beautiful sidewinder rattlesnake was spotted sleeping under a bush during the work.

Our March Friends General Meeting was held at the Golden Shores Fire Station after the Litter pick-up event.

Old and new business, upcoming projects, and other items were discussed.

The date was set for our next meeting, which will follow our April 5, 2014 Bill Williams River NWR Adopt-a-highway litter pick-up at the Bill Williams River NWR Headquarters.

Everyone is welcome! Please join us for one or both events.

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Duck Stamps

You can help support wildlife and our National Wildlife Refuge system by purchasing a Duck Stamp. Find out more and read the new article by Kathleen Blair, Ph.d. by going HERE
Fall Birding Birding at Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges!

For a great article about fall birding at our National Wildlife Refuges written by DeeDee DeLorenzo, go HERE!


The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are a 501(C) (3) public charity; the effective date of our exemption is April 6, 2012.  
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Refuge Projects & Events (all dates are tentative):

Feb 3-5, 2015 - Maintenance Projects: Clean-up at Bermuda Pasture, Handicap “signs” repaint work at Catfish Paradise and Bermuda Pasture, and install IBA (Important Bird Areas) signs. Watch our Facebook Page or emails from our Friends group for the latest details.

February 11, 7:00 to 9:00 PM: Friends Board Meeting, Golden Shores Fire Station, Golden Shores Arizona. We will be discussing old and new business and recent/upcoming project. Everyone is welcome.

February 13-16 Great Backyard Bird Count: For more information check the website.

February 27- March 1 - Blue Grass Festival (Friends will have a table at the event)

April 11, 2015 - ADOT Hwy cleanup (Bill Williams River NWR)

April 25, 2015 - Friends and Family Fun Day (Bill Williams River NWR)

Please consult our Calendar page for more information about our events. We are looking for both volunteers and participants in these events.
2013 Christmas Bird Counts

The 2013 Christmas Bird Counts for the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are complete. The results are still being processed; links to the final tallies will be posted when they become available.

Thanks to the Friends and other volunteers for participating!
The 2013 North American Migration Count is Done!

For more information about this great nationwide birding event go HERE!

*Event Report*
Litter Pick-up
General Meeting
Delta Point Trail Steps Project
April 5, 2014

Our Friends group had a very busy day on April 5, 2014. We started with an ADOT Adopt-a-highway litter pickup event along our mile of Highway 95 adjacent to the BWR Headquarters. Eight volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash and a lot of junk that did not fit into bags. This is our second litter pick-up event on this stretch of highway; it is sad that there was that much trash accumulated since the last pickup.

After the litter pickup, we gathered at the BWR Education building for our April Friends General meeting. We discussed upcoming events, new business, and old business.

When the meeting concluded, many joined Chad Villamor at the Delta Point Trail to complete a project to construct steps from the highway pullout to the trail head. The existing "path" to the trail head was a steep slope with loose rock; the new steps will make it much easier for hikers and birders to access Delta Point, which has a great view of the Bill Williams River Delta. Delta Point is a well-known birding site that has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Chad did a wonderful job planning and installing the steps; the material was supplied by the Refuge.

A special thank you goes out to Kathleen and Jan for providing a wonderful lunch to keep everyone's energy up! We finished the long day about 3:30 in the afternoon, leaving time for some of us to do a little kayaking!

Watch our Facebook Page and Website for our next project; we would love to have you join in on the fun.

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