Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges

We are Looking for YOU!

People may think they need specialized skills to volunteer at a National Wildlife Refuge, maybe birding or biology. Not true! No matter what activity you want to help with, information and training will be provided. If you bring skills, great. If you only bring a desire to help others, you will make a great volunteer!

Past Events

Apr. 2019-Teach a Child to Fish Day at Mesquite Bay North (sponsored by Pond Hopper Nation, LHC businesses, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Friends of BWR&HNWRs)

Mar. 2019-Volunteer Recogntion Lunch, Friends & Family Day at BWR NWR, Planet Ranch Road Clean Up, Litter Pick Up on County Road One, Willow & Cottonwood Tree Planting at New South Dike

Jan. 2019-Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Dec. 2018-Audubon Bird Count

Nov. 2018-6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Click Here to Become a Member!

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.


Our activities slow through the summer. If you are on our mailing list, you will receive occasional emails announcing upcoming events.

This Fall we are planning to  offer monthly nature walks/talks at each refuge.

From October to April we have an monthly Board meeting, and an Annual Meeting in January. The public is welcome!

The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All photos and graphics on these pages are copyrighted by the artist and photographer. 
Photo Header donated by John West, All Rights Reserved. Logo for the Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges was donated by Tom and Jacky Daugherty, copyright Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges. Photos and Graphics may not be used in any media without written permission from the copyright owner.

This site is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox. 

The Trees Remember a River

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

Our Mission Statement

As a non-profit organization, Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are committed to the conservation and protection of these jewels of the lower Colorado River. We pledge to support and assist Refuge staff's efforts to improve and maintain these unique resources, provide environmental education opportunities, and promote hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental-interpretive uses of these refuges.​

Bulletin Board

On May 23, 2019, we lost our beloved Founding Member and President, Dorothy (DeeDee) DeLorenzo. Her obituary is posted here

Services were held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church in Bullhead City AZ. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to our Friends Group in order to establish a scholarship fund for wildlife or ecological studies, the details of which will be clarified shortly and posted here. As it is established, all donations received will go to this fund.

In order to make a donation in DeeDee's memory, please use this link. Thank you.

*Event Report*
2018 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Friends of the Bill Williams River & Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held our sixth annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. We had about 120 dinner guests this year; 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 Matt King of Antiquated Systems, a local group from Golden Shores.  A special note of appreciation goes to Stella and Teri of Golden Shores who stepped in at the last minute to help prepare our meal.

In addition to door prizes and our general raffle, we also raffled two $500 Bass Pro Shop Gift Cards.

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

Chad Villamor & Golden Shores Fire Department, Safeway-BC & LHC, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Desert River Outfitters, Havasu Net Em,  Walmart-FM & Parker, Topock Topics, John West, Tom & Jacky Daugherty, Grand Canyon Railway, Dr. Thomas Dallman, Mohave Electric Cooperative, DeeDee & Keith DeLorenzo, Movies Havasu, Star Cinemas, Albertsons & Smiths LHC, Havasu Springs Dining & Resort, Sue Wolfe, Glenn Klingler, Apple Haircutters, Southwest Vertical Blinds, Jenner's Furniture, Perkins, Phil Villamor, Anita Drake, Dorita's Place.

See you next year!

​​Calendar Page is located HERE
​Upcoming Events

Oct. 2019-Friends & Family Day at Catfish Paradise in the HNWR

Nov. 2, 2019-7th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Golden Shores Fire Department. 

Jan. 2020-Youth Waterfowl Camp sponsored and staffed by HNWR, AZGFD, and Friends BWR-HNWR (Topock Elementary School donates use of facilities)

Mar. 2020-Youth Bird Camp at Topock Elementary School

Twice a year, we have roadside litter pick-up events at three separate locations: (1) near Pintail Slough HNWR, (2) London Bridge Road at Mesquite Bay, (3) Hwy 95 near BWR NWR.


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.

With heavy Hearts...

Birding at Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges!

Species lists:

-Bill Williams River NWR

-Havasu NWR

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.

Nuts, Bolts, and Endangered Species

Our favorite Ecologist, Kathleen Blair, has written another essay. Read her latest offering on the value of endangered species by going HERE

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.

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