About Friends

The Friends were founded in 1996 by a group of citizens dedicated to supporting the mission of preserving and perpetuating the wildlife and wild lands that are part of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. We welcome you to the world of semi-desert grasslands, sky island mountains, and desert waterways. We promote public appreciation of all life on the refuge through educational programs and activities.

As volunteers, we work to enhance public awareness and understanding of the refuge’s natural history and ecology. We work with the refuge to fulfill their mission and have helped the refuge in many ways. We recruited volunteers to build the Cienega boardwalk, improved the security of the quail flight pens and took down over 185 miles of interior barbed wire fence to make movement safer for wildlife. Donations from members, Nature Shop income and other income sources make it possible for us to hire contract labor to assist with essential refuge projects.