Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges

Postponement of  Havasu NWR Youth Bird Camp, Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, 2019

The Youth Bird Camp originally scheduled for March 1-2 has been postponed.  Any registrations already sent in will be filed and the deposit returned.  We regret any inconvenience and will post information when it is rescheduled.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Friends group schedules roadside litter pick-up events twice a year at three separate locations: County Road One near Pintail Slough in Havasu NWR,  and Highway 95 near the Bill Williams River NWR Headquarters just north of Parker, Arizona.

We also have volunteer opportunities for Refuge maintenance projects including tree-planting and habitat restoration.

Please check our Calendar page or go to our Contact Us page to sign up to receive Friends emails for notifications of upcoming  events.

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.

The Trees Remember a River

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

2017 PG&E Grant Announcement

The Friends of Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are pleased to announce that we were selected to receive a $1,000 Grant from Pacific Gas & Electric.

Grant funds will be used for operating expenses and events. The check for the grant was presented to the Friends group by Chris Smith of PG&E.

Bulletin Board

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

*Event Report*
2017 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges held our fourth annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We had over 130 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 again 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, a ticket was drawn for the $1,000 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card; congratulations goes out to the winner, K. Shelton of Bullhead City.

Our Friends group raised approximately $1,600.00 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, Safeway-Bullhead City, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Desert River Outfitters,  Walmart-BHC, John West, Tom and Jacky Daugherty, Grand Canyon Railway, Dr. Thomas Dallman, Mohave Electric Cooperative, Marge Penton, DeeDee and Keith DeLorenzo, Jan, Kathleen, and CNH Arms.

Join us for the event next year!

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

*Event Report*
Havasu NWR Maintenance Projects
February 3-5, 2015

The planned maintenance projects event was very productive. Refuge Staff, assisted by Friends volunteers and members of the public, removed a significant amount of pipe, steel barrels, and other trash from the Bermuda Pasture Revegetation area. In addition, over the 3 day event volunteers performed numerous other maintenance tasks at Bermuda Pasture, Catfish Paradise and the Beal overlook including repainting the handicapped parking spaces, cleaning and painting a number of parking bollards, and litter pick-up in the area.

Approximately 10 volunteers assisted on each of the 3 days. Several new faces were present, thanks to a nice article publicizing the event in the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more volunteering opportunities in the future!

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.

Birding at Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges!

For some great articles about seasonal birding at our National Wildlife Refuges written by DeeDee DeLorenzo, go to our Birdwatching Page located HERE.

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​Upcoming Events


 Wednesday March 13, 2019

          9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Bring the kids and try your hand at viewing waterfowl,  fishing, archery,  nature hikes and more. For directions to the BWRNWRefuge see our calendar page

You can also consult the Calendar Page on this website located HERE.

You can also sign up for our contact list to receive the latest information on our activities via email; a "Contact Us" form is located HERE.

We are looking for both volunteers and participants in these events.


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.

Friends needed....
*Event Report*
Adopt A Highway Litter Pick-Up
October 28, 2017
Bill Williams River NWR

Our Friends group had 9 volunteers attending the event on a beautiful day at the Bill Will. After the safety briefing, our litter pick-up yielded 19 bags of litter picked up from the shoulders of AZ Highway 95, down from 23 bags at our last event. Thanks to all who helped!

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.

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