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From Corn Field to Quacks - Restoration Success in Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region
In Iowa . .’s prairie pothole region more than 90% of prairie and wetlands have been lost to development. That said, every acre restored counts and every partnership . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: August 22 - August 28, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features fun female scientists, a fantastic flyer and more! . . .div . . . . . .

Women in Science: Connecting with the Future - Aleshia Kenney, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Meet Aleshia Kenney, Fish and Wildlife Biologist at Rock Island Ecological Field Office in Illinois. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . .

Women in Science: Connecting with the Future - Tameka Dandridge, Wildlife Biologist
Meet Tameka Dandridge, Wildlife Biologist at East Lansing Ecological Field Station. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . .

Women in Science: Connecting with the Future - Carey Edwards, Fish Biologist
Meet Carey Edwards, Fish Biologist at Iron River National Fish Hatchery. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.3 Million in Grants to 30 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $1,276,088 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to . . . .

Wilderness Fellows Work to Preserve Wilderness Character
Fifty years ago this September, Congress passed the Wilderness Act of 1964 to . .“secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of . . . .

Women in Science: Connecting with the Future, Sarah Inouye-Leas, Visitor Services Specialist
Meet Sarah Inouye-Leas, Visitor Services Specialist at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . . . . .

Women in Science: Connecting with the Future, Amanda Dickson, Wildlife Inspector K-9 Handler
Meet Amanda Dickson, Wildlife Inspector K-9 Handler in Rosemont, Illinois. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: August 15 - August 21, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features a wandering whooper, sneaky snake, beautiful sunrise and more! . . .div . . . . .

Gwen White Receives Emmeline Moore Prize
Dr. Gwen White recently received the Emmeline Moore Prize in recognition of her work to promote diversity and equal opportunity within the American Fisheries Society and the field . . . .

Public Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for Public Access Site Development Projects for the State of Ohio
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, invites the public to review and comment on a draft Environmental . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: August 8 - August 14, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features a sneaky bullfrog, beautiful butterfly, lovely luna and more! . . .div . . . . .

Public Advisory: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: August 1 - August 7, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features fawn twins, a monarch time-lapse, prescribed grazing and more! . . .div . . . . .

Public Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for Barron County Maple Plain Shooting Range in Maple Plain, Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment regarding the WDNR proposed . . . .

Public Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for Delaware Wildlife Area Proposed Shooting Range Facilities in Delaware County, Ohio
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, invites the public to review and comment on a draft Environmental . . . .

Service Protects Three Plants Under Endangered Species Act, Includes Short’s Bladderpod Found in Posey County Indiana
Three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are now protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This protection becomes final on September 2, 2014, . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Ballville Dam Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with cooperating agencies, has developed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to analyze the disposition of Ballville Dam, including alternatives . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: July 25 - July 31, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features a mussel surprise, submarine birds, a party that won . .’t stop and . . . .

Midwest Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley Wins Prestigious Ira Gabrielson Award
The Gabrielson Award is an honor that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Advanced Leadership Development Program bestows on one Service employee each year. It . .’s truly . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: July 18 - July 24, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features a leopard frog party, observant owl, baby animal photos and more! . . . . . .

New Complex Manager Announced for Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
The Midwest Region is proud to announce the selection of Sabrina Chandler as the new complex manager for Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Chandler brings . . . .

Weekly Wrap-up: July 11 - July 17, 2014
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week. This week features a giant mushroom, super moon, baby moose twins and more! . . .div . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 4 states in the Midwest Region to Support Recreational Boating and Clean Water
A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More . . . .

Service Awards More Than $1.8 million for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today more than $1.8 million in federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act grant . . . .

Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces $960,000 for wetlands and habitat under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, and Northeast Regional Director, Wendi Weber, jointly announced today the approval of more than $960,000 for grants aimed . . . .

Meeting Conservation Challenges Head On
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe traveled to northern Michigan to address members of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Traverse City this . . . .

Reward Offered in Indiana Whooping Crane Case
In partnership with Indiana Department of Natural Resources TIP Advisory Board, we are looking for information regarding a federally and state-protected whooping crane that is believed to have . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Decision Deadline for Final ESA Listing Decision on the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend for six months the deadline on its decision whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered . . . .

Foster a Land Ethic That Would Make Aldo Leopold Proud
Wisconsin is home to a long legacy of ethical hunters and bird enthusiasts that dates back to before Aldo Leopold . .’s A Sand County Almanac of the . . . .

Bloomington Minnesota To Host Public Meeting July 24 As Service Begins Process of Reviewing Eagle Management Objectives, Non-Purposeful Take Permits
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans a series of national public meetings, including one at the Doubletree By Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota, July 24, to engage the public . . . .

Celebrating A Key Partnership and Forging Ahead Together
Partnerships have always been the bread and butter of our success in conserving fish and wildlife resources for the continuing benefit of the American people. To celebrate that . . . .

Tribes in Michigan and Wisconsin Receive Grants From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Conservation Work
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced $4.6 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants awards to federally recognized tribes in 15 states to fund a wide range of . . . .

What To Do If You Find Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
Think you've found an orphaned or injured wild animal? It . .’s natural to want to help and there are a few things you should know to avoid . . . .

New Visitor Center Opens at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
The new headquarters and visitor center of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge opened yesterday after two years of planning, design, and construction. The building incorporates a visitor reception . . . .

Regional Director Tom Melius Attends Sea Lamprey Tour with Partners
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission hosted a field tour of the Sea Lamprey Control Program in Michigan during May 27-30, 2014. . .  The tour brought newly appointed . . . .

Senator Levin Visits Kirtland’s Warbler Territory
Michigan Senator Carl Levin got an up-close look at Kirtland . .’s warbler habitat – and even spotted one of the endangered birds – during a tour with . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Estimates Economic Impact of Critical Habitat Designations for Three Southern Plants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks additional public comment on proposed critical habitat for three plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. About 2,488 acres . . . .

Collaborative Science Projects to Benefit Fish, Wildlife and Communities of Upper Midwest and Great Lakes
Fish, wildlife and communities of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes will benefit from leading edge science projects that aim to inform on-the-ground conservation efforts and natural resource . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champions
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized 55 individuals for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation . .’s rarest fish, wildlife and plants by . . . .

Celebrate Endangered Species Day!
Americans will celebrate the 9th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 16, 2014, with special events and programs that recognize our nation . .’s efforts to conserve . . . .

Deputy Director Honors Midwest Region Staff
The Midwest Region . .’s achievements are linked directly to the dedication and passion of its employees. On May 14, 2014 the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish . . . .

Power of Prairie - Secretary Jewell Meets with Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Staff
The Iowa prairie provided a beautiful backdrop as staff from Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge welcomed Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell yesterday. Secretary Jewell stopped in to . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday reopened the public comment period for 60 days on the proposed designations of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket and . . . .

Putting an End to Deer Poaching on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Thanks to an anonymous tip and solid investigative work, a 17-year serial poacher from Minnesota was sentenced in federal court today after pleading guilty to a Lacey Act . . . .

Service Joins Partners to Restore Chicago’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor
On Saturday, May 10, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined the Chicago Park District and volunteers from around the . . . .

Nature and the Urban Environment - Urban Planners and Wildlife Conservation Experts Convene to Connect Cities with Nature
Less than an hour . .’s drive through the scenic Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis sits Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), home to one of . . . .

Good News for Boaters, More than $4 Million in Grants Will Boost Recreational Boating in the Midwest
Recreational boaters received good news this week when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than $4.5 million in Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program competitive grants to . . . .

New Report: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Programs Create 3,973 New Jobs, Pump $327.7 Million into Local Economies
San Diego, CA . .— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that a peer-reviewed analysis finds that the agency’s habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines . . . .

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with bird banding and family activities at three northern Illinois . . . .

Find out what Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding does for conservation in your State
Each year, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides funding to each state in the Midwest to support localized conservation efforts. This year, the Midwest Region is . . . .

Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Approves $61 Million to Conserve North American Wetlands; $6.5 Million To Midwest Projects
On March 26, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance more than 205,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in . . . .

Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered Species Act
The rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that visits the U.S. on its annual journey between the tips of the Americas, is in trouble. The . . . .

Midwest Region Enters Safety Week
Safety is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service top priority. This week, the Midwest region will recognize Safety Week to stress the importance safety both on or off . . . .

Be Inspired: Join us as we restore the Great Lakes
As we start to make plans for another field season, we thought we would take a moment to look back at the past four years of our work . . . .

The Battle Against Ivory Trafficking Continues in The Midwest
Thanks to some scrutiny of online auction sites and on the ground package inspections, an ivory trafficker and self-proclaimed 20-year antiques dealer from Ohio has been put out . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Work on Deadly Bat Disease: $2 Million Available in Second Round
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today grant awards totaling $ 1.4 million for nine projects (see below) addressing federal research and response to white-nose syndrome (WNS), . . . .

Director Visits Neosho National Fish Hatchery
Thanks to the suggestion of the Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery had the honor of welcoming Dan Ashe, the Director of the U.S. . . . .

Service Announces 2014 Expansion of Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System
WASHINGTON, D.C. . .– U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe yesterday announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge . . . .

Go Birding on a Refuge This Month to Help Save a Species
Calling all Midwest birders and citizen scientists! Take a look at your calendar for the month of March. Do you have just one free day to get out . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Availability of the Final Revised Recovery Plan for the Pallid Sturgeon
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the Pallid Sturgeon Revised Recovery Plan. The pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) is a bottom-feeding fish considered to . . . .

Doing More Together - Indiana Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Rallies Around Lake Wawasee
Together, we can accomplish far more than we can do on our own. For more than two decades, the conservation community in northeast Indiana has illustrated this point . . . .

Charges Filed in Wisconsin Wildlife Poisoning Investigation
John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced the filing of an information and plea agreements in U.S. District Court in Madison yesterday, . . . .

Funding Opportunity to Benefit Natural Resource Conservation in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative . . (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural . . . .

Lisa Williams Wins USFWS Science Leadership Award!
Dr. Lisa Williams, the Branch Chief of Environmental Contaminants at the East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office in Michigan, is the 2013 recipient of the U.S. Fish and . . . .

Service Reopens Comment Period on Wolf Proposal
Following receipt of an independent scientific peer review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as . . . .

Championing Collaborative Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region and Northern Great Plains
Federal, state and non-governmental partners came together this week to strategize and maximize fish and wildlife conservation efforts across the northern Great Plains and Prairie Pothole Region. Spanning . . . .

Media Invited to the 17th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium February 1
Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and natural resource managers are expected to attend and celebrate Minnesota . .’s waterfowl and wetland resources. The Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium is geared toward giving . . . .

Local Fisheries Friends Group and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Offices Team Up to Sponsor February 15 Kids Ice Fishing Event
Please note, due to the predicted cold temperatures we have rescheduled Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery to February 15. . . .div . . . . . .

Year in Review 2013
Check out this fun video we put together to help show you exactly what we do. If you like it, help spread the word and share it with . . . .

Conservation Partners Come Together to Benefit the Fish, Wildlife and People of the Mississippi River Basin and Beyond
Midwest natural resource leaders came together in St. Louis, Mo., last week to strategize collaborative conservation efforts to benefit both wildlife habitat and water quality across the Mississippi . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ballville Dam Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to analyze the disposition of Ballville Dam, including alternatives and associated impacts, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). . .  . . . .

Funding Opportunity to Benefit Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Northern Great Plains and Prairie Pothole Region
The Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Habitat Conservation Plan for Indiana Wind Farm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final habitat conservation plan for the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in northwestern Indiana. The Service has also finalized an . . . .

Regional Director Gets Up Close Look at Hellbenders and Beetles
Regional Director Tom Melius braved early January . .’s polar vortex and toured captive breeding and rearing facilities for endangered Ozark hellbenders and American burying beetles at the . . . .

The 17th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium Set
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, hosts the 17th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium, Saturday, . . . .

Young Artists Encouraged to Enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Kids with a flair for art and an interest in the natural world are urged to enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Art Contest, organized by the U.S. . . . .

Endangered Species Daily - Get an Endangered Species Fact a Day, Every Day, in 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Midwest Region has launched Endangered Species Daily, an electronic calendar featuring 365 facts about rare plants and animals. Endangered Species . . . .

National Wildlife Refuges Announce Fee-Free Days for 2014
Seeing wildlife conservation in action just gained even more appeal. America . .’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission to visitors on these days in January Martin . . . .

The Endangered Species Act - Four Decades of Conservation Success
When President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act on December 28, 1973, the bald eagle, gray wolf and peregrine falcon were struggling to survive in the Midwest and . . . .

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Wins DOI Environmental Achievement Award
Assistant Secretary Rhea Suh has announced that the Midwest Region's Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri is a recipient of the 2013 Department of Interior Environmental Achievement Award. . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Offer Additional Public Comment Period on Proposed Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Butterflies
The 60-day comment period on a proposal to protect two prairie butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, under the Endangered Species Act will end on December . . . .

All in For Belle Isle - Detroit Urban Restoration Project Moves Forward
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy showcased key partnerships in a press conference about the planned revitalization of Belle . . . .

Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment Released on Double-crested Cormorant Management in Ohio
Federal and state agencies today released the final supplement and Decision and Findings of No Significant Impact for a 2006 environmental assessment (EA) on double-crested cormorant damage management . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the deadline for public comment on the proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species . . . .

Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration
Nineteen young whooping cranes are winging their way south on their first fall migration. This is the 13th group of birds to take part in the project led . . . .

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Award $750,000 to Missouri Prairie Foundation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have awarded the Missouri Prairie Foundation $750,000 to purchase and protect tallgrass prairie in southwestern . . . .

Landmark Study Reveals Low National Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges
An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The study, published today in the . . . .

Midwest Region Receives Funding to Support Science in the Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Midwest Region is proud to collaborate with the U.S Geological Survey’s Science Support and Quick Response program. Through the partnership, . . . .

Indiana's Wyandotte Cave Shares History with the Endangered Indiana Bat
This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, but some species have been recognized as endangered for almost 50 years. The Indiana bat (Myotis . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves Incidental Take Permit for NiSource Multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act to NiSource Inc., a natural gas pipeline and transmission company, in . . . .

A Great Year for Piping Plover!
The 2013 breeding season was one of the most successful in the history of the Great Lakes piping plover recovery program. At 66 pairs, this season marks the . . . .

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Groundbreaking of Refuge Gateway Visitor Center
The National Wildlife Refuge System Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative is taking a huge step forward today with the groundbreaking of the 11,800 square-foot Gateway Visitor Center at Detroit . . . .

Honoring Veterans in the Midwest Region
Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day . .—a noteworthy holiday. Originally called Armistice Day, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for FY2014 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife . . . .

Secretary Jewell Announces Banking on Nature Report
America . .’s national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Butterflies
Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. . . . .

Call for Proposals - Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership Competitive Funding Available
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates receiving a combination of base funded appropriations and the Administration's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY 2014 to support the Great . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Re-Opens Following Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. . .– With the President’s signature of a continuing resolution that funds the government and ends the shutdown, employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status for the Northern Long-eared Bat
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also determined that the eastern small-footed . . . .

South Dakota Artist Adam Grimm Wins 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Adam Grimm, an Ohio native who now lives in Burbank, S.D., is the winner of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by . . . .

Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a proposal to list the rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that annually migrates from the Canadian . . . .

Connecting with the Natural World Through Art - Bob Hines Legacy Continues at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined with refuge staff and partners from around the region yesterday to unveil the Bob Hines Refuge Ranger . . . .

Interior Department Proposes Expansion of Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System
WASHINGTON, D.C. . .– In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the U.S. Fish . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists the Grotto Sculpin as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the grotto sculpin, a small, cave-dwelling fish found only in Perry County, Missouri, as endangered under the federal Endangered Species . . . .

Working for the Winged Mapleleaf Mussel's Return
Nestled in the gravel beneath the waves of many rivers there live small endangered species that at first glance appear to be no more than oddly shaped rocks. . . . .

Media Advisory - 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest this Friday and Saturday at Maumee Bay State Park
Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest to select the art that will appear on the 2014-2015 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. . . .div . . . . . . .

Midwest to Benefit from Nearly $15 Million in Funding To Conserve Bird Habitat
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved nearly $4 million in funding for the protection of more than 7,850 acres of habitat in the Midwest. As part of the . . . .

The Endangered Species Act is working to conserve Missouri's aquatic life, like these young Ozark hellbenders
With 110,000 miles of rivers and streams, and over 3,000 springs, Missouri is blessed with an abundance of water. Clean and healthy waterways are a critical need that . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Neosho Mucket as Endangered and Rabbitsfoot as Threatened
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Neosho mucket as endangered and the rabbitsfoot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. . .  Both species are . . . .

Rural Well-Being in the Prairie Pothole Region: Linking Land-Use and Economics
An economic analysis of the prairie pothole region highlights the relationship between the farm economy and off-farm economy and labor market, including the contributions of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities. . . . .

Service Re-opens Review of Draft Economic Analysis for the Proposed Critical Habitat Designation for Two Freshwater Mussels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-opening the public comment period on the draft environmental assessment for the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Neosho Mucket . . . .

Representative Betty McCollum visits Whitney Genetics Lab and learns about the science of eDNA
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., visited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Whitney Genetics Lab on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, to learn about the Service's work to detect Asian . . . .

Service Awards More Than $1.14 million for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today more than $1.14 million in federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act grant . . . .

Service Awards $589,773 to Achieve Regional Fish and Wildlife Restoration Priorities in the Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that $589,773 of federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act to achieve regional . . . .

Service Recognizes Successful Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Partnership, Presents Prestigious Silver Eagle Award to Pheasants Forever’s Joe Duggan
Regional Director Tom Melius presented the Silver Eagle Award to Joe Duggan, Pheasants Forever, and recognized staff involved in that partnership that have brought the success of the . . . .

Groundbreaking of the Great River Road Interpretative Center at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Congressman Ron Kind, representatives from the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma, and members of the local media helped Genoa National Fish Hatchery celebrate the commemorative groundbreaking for . . . .

Collaborative Vision Moves Forward at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
History was made this past Saturday August 17, 2013 as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources signed a Memorandum of Understanding . . . .

Fish Passage Program Awards $645,000 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports Midwest partners
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that it will award more than $645,000 in 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding through the Fish Passage . . . .

Keeping Staff and Wildlife Safe
Staff from around the Midwest Region met at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to sharpen their skills in rocket-netting last week. Regional Director Tom Melius was on hand to . . . .

National Fish Passage Program Awards $1.4 Million - Works with Midwest partners to solve fish barrier problems
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce that $1.4 million in 2013 will be awarded through the National Fish Passage Program to support projects in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Provides $5.1 Million in State Wildlife Grants to 11 States, Including 4 in the Midwest Region, for Conservation Projects - Partners offer $3.1 million in matching funds
Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.1 million in grants to 11 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s competitive State Wildlife Grants . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $850,000 In Wolf Livestock Demonstration Grants - Midwest Wolf States Receive $152,000
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced $850,000 in grants under the Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program. Grants will be distributed to the states of Arizona, . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New Leader in eDNA Science for the Early Detection of Asian Carp
The Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it has assumed environmental DNA (eDNA) sample processing responsibilities for the Chicago Area Waterway . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Listing Warranted But Precluded for Rattlesnake-Master Borer Moth
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the rattlesnake-master borer moth, a species associated with prairie habitats, warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. . .  . . . .

Approved Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants for Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership Projects Announced
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership are pleased to announce the approval of nearly $400,000 in grants aimed at supporting . . . .

The Remarkable Recovery of the Kirtland's Warbler
Forty years ago, the Kirtland's warbler was on the brink of extinction. Today, this lively songbird of northern Michigan's jack pine forests is the subject of a great . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection and Critical Habitat Designation for Three Plants in the Southeast
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list three plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and is seeking all available information to inform . . . .

USFWS helps to announce $8.4 million in Sustain Our Great Lakes funding
On July 29 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Midwest Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined . . Senator Tammy Baldwin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the members of the Great Lakes . . . .

Conservation partners with the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC unveil new website
The Plains and Prairie Potholes (LCC) today released its newly designed public website to promote effective conservation through collaboration and sound science. . . .div . . . . . . .

Joint Venture Program Awards Grants to Promote Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the Great Lakes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Midwest and Northeast Regions are pleased to announced the recipients of over $700,000 in 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves Habitat Conservation Plan For Proposed Ohio Wind Farm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an extensive habitat conservation plan and has issued an incidental take permit to Buckeye Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based EverPower . . . .

Restoring Endangered Topeka Shiner in Missouri
Endangered Topeka shiners will be reintroduced in northern Missouri in a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation and The Nature Conservancy. . . . .

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes to benefit from nearly $1 million investment in stakeholder-driven research
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is investing $957,024 in funding this year to support five ongoing and six new stake-holder driven research projects . . . .

2013 Duck Breeding Population Estimates Released - Duck populations are still strong, and pond numbers are up
Duck populations are strong, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2013 Report on Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. The preliminary estimate of total duck populations from . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $32 Million in Grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $32 million in grants to 20 states to help advance their collaborative efforts to conserve America . .’s rarest . . . .

Conservation partners with the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC unveil new website
The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers (LCC) today released its newly designed public Web site to promote effective conservation through collaboration and sound science. . . .div . . . .

Nation's Symbol Sheds Light Great Lakes Region’s Environmental Health
High up in the trees above Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in east central Michigan, biologists gently remove a 52-day-old bald eagle chick from its nest. . .  The . . . .

Road block Fixing connections between the Great Lakes and its tributaries doesn't end with dams
Over the last several years, federal and state agencies and environmental nonprofit organizations have targeted dam removal as a way to quickly improve the health of Great Lakes . . . .

Public Comment Invited on Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Double-crested Cormorant Management in Ohio
State and federal natural resources agencies are seeking public comments on a supplement to a 2006 environmental assessment (EA) that lays out a plan to manage damage caused . . . .

Public Invited to Learn More About Fish Passage at Prairie du Sac Dam
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public open house aimed at providing information and receiving input about fish passage alternatives at Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 28 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $950,694 to 28 for white-nose syndrome projects. Included among the awards was a total of $232,931 to . . . .

First Returning Kirtland’s Warbler Fledgling Documented in Wisconsin
A Kirtland . .’s warbler that hatched in Wisconsin last year and was banded before its first migration has returned to its birthplace in Adams County, providing a . . . .

On the Brink: Preventing Extinction of the Purple Cat’s Paw
One of the rarest freshwater mussels in North America, the purple cat's was widespread in the southern Ohio River and its larger tributaries before these rivers were dammed. . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards More Than $14 Million in Clean Vessel Act Grant
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program . . . .

Collaborating in Minnesota - Trust Species and Valuable Minnesota Habitats Benefit from Land Exchange
Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service marked the completion of a land exchange that benefits Minnesota wildlife and habitats near . . . .

Service Proposes to Return Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to State Wildlife Professionals Following Successful Recovery Efforts
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species. The proposal comes after a . . . .

I Found This Baby Bird-What Should I Do?
During the spring and summer wildlife refuges, parks, zoos, and veterinary clinics across the country are presented with a problem. . . People out working in their yards, . . . .

Port of Dubuque Marina Received Largest Boating Infrastructure Grant in History
On June 1, 2013 the city of Dubuque unveiled its freshly completed Port of Dubuque Marina Project with a public ribbon cutting event. The Port of Dubuque Marina . . . .

Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC leverages investments in grassland conservation, water quality and invasive species management across U.S. - Canada border
Alongside leading natural resources agencies and organizations in the United States and Canada, the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is investing $288,680 and leveraging more . . . .

New Section of the North Country National Scenic Trail Unveiled for National Trails Day
With more than 2,500 miles of land and water trails across our refuges, waterfowl production areas and hatcheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to work . . . .

Boy Scout Leader Recognized for Service-learning Conservation Work in Wisconsin
Yesterday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy recognized the conservation work of Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District board member Greg Scheder with a commendation. The ceremony was held . . . .

Detroit Lakes, MN - North Country Trail Grand Opening event set for Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Put your hiking boots on and head to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1st. The North Country Trail Association . .’s . . . .

Midwest Region Tribes receive more than $595,000 in Tribal Wildlife Grant Program funding for Fiscal Year 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region is pleased to announce funding for three Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $595,148 through the Service . .’s . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award Winners
The story of endangered species conservation in the United States over the past 40 years involves many heroes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized 61 of . . . .

Federal Wetlands Act Grants Deliver Big for Critical Wetland Habitats in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Minnesota and Wisconsin will benefit from more than $3.38 million in federal funding. The grants were awarded through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and announced on May . . . .

10th Annual Kids Fishing Day at Genoa NFH A Lunker of Success
Genoa National Fish Hatchery hosted 250 kids and parents for the 10th Annual Kids Fishing Day Event, May 18. The event was co-sponsored by the La Crosse area . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Visits Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge - Iowa Refuge is home to Ice Age relicts
May 17 is national Endangered Species Day, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius marked the day by visiting Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge . . . .

Public Meetings in Joplin and Greenville Will Focus on Estimated Economic Impacts of Critical Habitat Proposal for Two Freshwater Mussels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting two public meetings in Joplin and Greenville to provide details and answer questions about a proposal to list two freshwater . . . .

Youth Fishing Day Hooks Over 200 students in the Twin Cities Metro Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual Kid's Fishing Day at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was held at the Bass Ponds in Bloomington, MN on Friday, May . . . .

Partners Across the U.S. Celebrate Annual Endangered Species Day
The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated on May 17, 2013, with special events and other programs throughout the country to recognize conservation efforts underway . . . .

Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Lincoln Park Zoo with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. . . This year, Endangered Species Day is May 17, an opportunity . . . .

Endangered Mussels Gain Ground in Twin Cities
The stretch of the Mississippi River that winds through Minnesota's Twin Cities is now home to four federally endangered mussel species. This reach of the river wasn't always . . . .

Iowa Man Sentenced to Jail for Stealing Walnut Trees from Federal Lands
On May 9, 2013, Randall Todd Walker, a 50 year-old resident of Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for cutting and removing 32 black walnut . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Estimates Economic Impacts and Releases Draft Environmental Assessment of Critical Habitat Designation for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is releasing the estimated cost and economic impacts and draft environmental assessment of the proposed critical habitat designation of two freshwater mussels, . . . .

Comment Period Reopened on Proposal to List Grotto Sculpin as Endangered with Critical Habitat
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its proposal to list the grotto sculpin, a smallfish found in Perry County, Missouri, as endangered, . . . .

2013 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Minnesota - More than $134,000 in Conservation Funding
The American Bird Conservancy received $134,955 in funding to implement conservation measures for the golden-winged warbler, which has been identified by the Service as a species of concern. . . . .

Federal Wildlife Canine Helps Law Enforcement Team Close Poaching Case
Our law enforcement officers work every day to uphold all sorts of conservation laws, permits and regulations on refuge lands across the Midwest. Sure, you may know that . . . .

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project Welcomes More Birds and Fish Home to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Migratory birds and native fish now have more land and waters to thrive in Ohio, thanks to a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. . . . .

Michigan Birder Leaves a Legacy for Great Lakes Piping Plovers
Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined Seney National Wildlife Refuge staff, Friends and partners in marking the addition of lakeshore acreage to Seney National Wildlife Refuge on April . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance to provide a pathway for the responsible development of wind energy that fosters protection for bald . . . .

Conservation partners with the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC unveil new Web site
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) today released its newly designed public Web site GreatLakesLCC.org to promote effective conservation through collaboration and sound science. . . . .

National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest Winners Chosen - Grand Prize Winner is Kindergartener from St. Louis
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation have announced the winners of the . . . .

Education is Key - Education Continues in the Battle Against Unintended Eagle Poisoning
Working together with the United States Attorney and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement continues their education effort in . . . .

Ten Indicted in Connection with Illegal Poaching of Walleye on Leech Lake and Red Lake
MINNEAPOLIS - . . Four federal indictments have been filed against a total of 10 individuals in connection with illegal poaching and marketing of walleye and other protected fish . . . .

2013 Whooping Crane Spring Migration is Underway
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing whooping cranes to eastern North America, reports the 2013 spring migration . . . .

Midwest Region Opens New Whitney Genetics Lab
ONALASKA, WI . .– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's La Crosse Resources Center held a dedication ceremony event in Onalaska, WI on Friday, April 5, 2013 to . . . .

Wildlife Detector Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Illegal Wildlife Shipments
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a message for would-be wildlife there . .’s a new dog in town, and if you try to bring illegal wildlife . . . .

Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes - Atlantic Office Wins Coveted Blue-winged Teal Award
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan Award Committee selected the Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office (DU GLARO) to receive the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Input on Draft Habitat Plan for Indiana Wind Farm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in northwestern Indiana. The Service is seeking comment . . . .

Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced!
Last month, 18-year-old Cassidy Haggard of Park Rapids, Minn. won best of show honors at the 2013 Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest with her oil painting rendition of . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases video on the science of eDNA in the fight against Asian carp
In the fight against Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other project partners have turned . . . .

Minnesota Man Sentenced to Restore Federally Protected Wetland Basin
Minnesota . .’s wetlands and prairies saw a victory yesterday as James Bosek was sentenced for illegal development activities on a federally protected wetland basin in central Minnesota. Bosek, . . . .

Helping a Recovery Program Take Flight
Just over 20 years ago, the Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeidis melissa samuelis) and I became fast and inseparable friends. Our relationship began in 1992, after the U.S. Fish . . . .

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC seeks research proposals for funding in 2013
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is seeking project ideas for potential funding in 2013. . .  The LCC identifies, prioritizes, and supports research . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $882.4 Million in User-Generated Funding to State Wildlife Agencies
More than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues generated in 2012 by sportsmen and sportswomen will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Opens Comment Period on Draft Recovery Plan for Federally Endangered Pallid Sturgeon
A draft recovery plan aimed at recovering the federally endangered pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), a bottom-feeding fish considered to be a relic of the dinosaur era, is available . . . .

2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition to be held at Ohio’s Maumee Bay State Park
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, as the site for its much anticipated Federal Duck Stamp Art . . . .

Seven Men Indicted for Alleged Trafficking of Paddlefish "Caviar"
Seven men have been arrested as part of a joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation investigation into the interstate and international trafficking in . . . .

Connecting with America’s Great Outdoors - Making virtual visitation more accessible
More than 6 million people visit refuge lands around the Midwest Region each year. Refuges provide many great opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Whether you . .’re . . . .

Endangered Species Act Violations Lead to Felony Convictions for Two Men Involved in Minnesota Wolf Killings
Earlier today in federal court, a 32-year-old from the northern Minnesota community of Finland was sentenced for violating the Endangered Species Act. United States District Court Judge Ann . . . .

Illinois Jr. Duck Stamp Contest Fast Approaching
The submission deadline for the 2013 Illinois U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp Contest is fast approaching. Administered by the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the . . . .

Junior Duck Stamp hopefuls, hurry!
Ohio . .’s entry deadline is today (March 1). March 15 for the rest of the region. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Illinois Bats
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today confirmed the presence of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease fatal to several bat species, in four Illinois counties. . . . . . .

Topeka Shiner Meeting Rescheduled to March 7
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation have changed the date of a public meeting to discuss . . . .

Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative releases first-ever annual report highlighting progress, research priorities and future direction
In February 2013, the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) released a comprehensive annual report highlighting the accomplishments of more than 30 agencies and organizations across . . . .

Illinois’s Unique Places and Species
As we celebrate conservation successes during the Endangered Species Act . .’s 40th anniversary year, Illinois may not be the place one would expect to find unusual endangered . . . .

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery 2013 Snowmobile Open House - A Success!
The Friends of Pendills Creek Hatchery sponsored a Snowmobile Open House at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery in Brimley, Michigan on Saturday, February 2, 2013. . . The . . . .

Wood Duck Takes Top Bill at the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium
Tom Melius, Regional Director of the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomed a host of attendees to the 16th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium on . . . .

Illegal Trafficking of Black Bears Stopped in Wisconsin’s North Woods
Federal and state agents marked the closure of a long-running bear poaching case in Wisconsin this week, as defendants in the case were sentenced. The heart of the . . . .

More than $2.4 Million Awarded to Great Lakes States for Coastal Wetland Protection
In concert with the America . .’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved $2.4 Million in funding to Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois . . . .

Draft Environmental Assessment for Divestiture of the Stur-Shan Wildlife Management Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment for the divestiture of . . . .

Everything Here is Just Ducky: The 16th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host the 16th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium . . . .

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC shares history, progress and future direction, in first-ever annual report
Since 2011, the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) has grown into a dynamic partnership committed to delivering practical and pragmatic tools for conservation. . . . .

Landmark Publication Celebrates 75 Years of Conservation and Partnership Success Through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has released a landmark publication celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the cornerstone of fish and . . . .

We Are the Midwest Region
Check out this fun video we put together to help show you exactly who we are and what we do! If you like it, help spread the word . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begins Commemoration of 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with a year-long commemoration of the Act that has been so successful . . . .

Growing America’s Great Outdoors: Secretary Salazar Marks the Establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge today in Florida at . . Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Hackmatack is the 561st . . . .

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC shares three-year history, progress and future direction, in first-ever annual report
Since 2010, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC has grown to represent more than 30 agencies and organizations across state and international boundaries, committed to healthy ecosystems . . . .

Investigators Seek Information on Canada Lynx Killing in Northeast Minnesota
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for killing a federally-protected Canada . . . .

2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation Final National Report Released
Wildlife-related outdoor recreation increased dramatically from 2006 to 2011. The national details are shown in the final report (Final Report) of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, . . . .

2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation Final National Report Released
Wildlife-related outdoor recreation increased dramatically from 2006 to 2011. The national details are shown in the final report (Final Report) of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, . . . .

Largest Prairie-Wetland Restoration in U.S. History Hits Major Milestone
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy today announced the addition of 2,675 acres to Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Minnesota. The property . . . .

A River Runs Through It - Hydrogeomorphic restoration and public-private partnerships build a future for the Big Muddy
Cutting edge research funded by Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Midwest, coupled with on-the-ground conservation and management through public-private partnerships, is building a future for the lower Missouri . . . .

Much to Quack About - The 16th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium
Bloomington, Minn. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host the 16th annual Minnesota . . . .

Citizen Tip Helps Close the Knox County Whooping Crane Case
A citizen tip helps bring closure in the case of a whooping crane shooting in Indiana. John Burke and Jason McCarter of Knox County, Ind. pled guilty and . . . .

Prairie Gray Fox, Plains Spotted Skunk May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
The prairie gray fox and plains spotted skunk, two subspecies found in grasslands of some Midwestern and Great Plains states, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or . . . .

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Produces Unprecedented Amounts of Feed and Habitat for Waterfowl
Biologists at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge have determined that the summer drawdown performed on Swan Lake was an overwhelming success based on exceptional amounts of natural seed . . . .

Endangered Indiana Bat Found Dead at Ohio Wind Facility; Steps Underway to Reduce Future Mortalities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife have confirmed that an endangered Indiana bat was found dead at the Blue . . . .

Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Wintering Destination in Florida
Five endangered whooping cranes arrived Friday on their wintering grounds at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Florida. These cranes are the 12th group to be . . . .

2012 Marks a Banner Year for Endangered Kirtland’s Warblers
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 2012 has been a banner year for endangered Kirtland . .’s warblers. Survey results of the rare bird in Michigan . . . .

Honoring Veterans in the Midwest Region
Sunday, November 11, 2012, is Veterans Day. It is a day to honor and remember the sacrifices made by our military men and women, and their families. Even . . . .

Warriors in Transition Help Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Army soldiers Randy Aspacher and Jeff Barrett are no strangers to challenging work. Both men are currently recovering and rehabilitating in Northwest Ohio from injuries sustained during . . . .

Sycamore Land Trust Gives Conservation Awards at Annual Celebration
Sycamore Land Trust recently recognized the career-long efforts of one of our own at their Annual Celebration and Membership Meeting on November 2, 2012 in Bloomington, Ind. . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Managed National Wildlife Refuges in Minnesota Remain Closed to Wolf Hunting
Although changes have been made recently to Minnesota State hunting laws to allow regulated wolf hunting, the public is reminded that wolf hunting is currently prohibited on National . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for FY2013 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife . . . .

A Strategic Approach to Conservation in the Midwest Region
The Habitat and Population Evaluation Team stationed in Fergus Falls, Minn., conducts scientific evaluation and monitoring projects to support strategic conservation efforts in the Prairie Pothole Region. The . . . .

Reaching Young Adults - Using communications expertise to engage young adults in volunteer opportunities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the nation . .’s premiere agency dedicated to the protection, conservation and management of fish, wildlife and our natural resources, faces an . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for Annual Endangered Species Grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts for . . . .

Master Naturalists explore the Missouri River to see the meaning behind landscape conservation
More than 20 Missouri Master Naturalists and their families ranging in age from two to over 70 joined USFWS biologists and staff on an exploration of the Missouri . . . .

Expanding Piping Plover Habitat at Seney National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently finalized the purchase of 19.85 acres of land at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Mich. The acreage, which includes 1,200-feet of Lake . . . .

Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership Honored by Department of Interior
The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership was honored today by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar as part of the Department of Interior . .’s 2012 Partners . . . .

Bald Eagle Killed in Minnesota - Help Us Defend America’s Symbol
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for killing a federally-protected American bald eagle near Cass . . . .

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge’s Lesser Known Migration
During National Wildlife Refuge Week visitors to Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri often get to experience two very different types of migration. The first type of migration . . . .

Uncovering the hidden layers of Big Muddy - Understanding hydrogeomorphic history to restore, manage and protect the lower Missouri River
The lower Missouri River, the largest free-flowing river reach in the United States, encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres of bottomland habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, while providing . . . .

Battling the Drought in Indiana - Creating Wetlands for the Crawfish Frog
Dry grasses and clay are odd places to look for frogs . .– but biologists are walking Indiana’s grasslands in search of them. For the biologists at . . . .

New Federal Policy Supports Use of Feathers in Tribal Cultural and Religious Practices
The Department of Justice issued a new policy Oct. 12, 2012 designed to support the cultural and religious practices of federally-recognized tribes and tribal members while protecting native . . . .

Being Neighborly in Iowa - Working with Landowners to Conserve the Tallgrass Prairie
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have identified mesic tallgrass prairie and wet meadow habitats as high priority for restoration and enhancement in the Lower . . . .

Get Out and Explore America’s Great Outdoors. National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 14-20, 2012
This week the National Wildlife Refuge System is celebrating America . .’s wildlife heritage across the country with special public events, tours and educational opportunities. We welcome you . . . .

Interior officials celebrate conservation partnerships to conserve the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers Confluence
St. Louis, Mo. - Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson today joined private landowners, conservation organizations and natural resource agency . . . .

Be a Sure Shot at Necedah Refuge
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, located in central Wisconsin, is prime hunting ground with marshes, upland woods, and open meadows. Although changes have been made recently to state hunting . . . .

America’s Great Outdoors: Private and public partnerships celebrate success conserving the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers Confluence
Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, will join private landowners, conservation organizations, and natural resource agency leaders to celebrate successful . . . .

Seeking Comments on Draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge
A draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Sumner, MO is available for public review on October 5, 2012. The comment . . . .

Midwest Artist Runs a Close Second to 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Robert Steiner
Of 192 entries in this year . .’s two-day competition of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, 17 entries made it through to the final round of . . . .

Comment Period Reopened for Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Midwest Wind Energy Facilities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for accepting information and ideas from the public on a proposal to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan . . . .

Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida
Six young whooping cranes began their ultralight-led migration Friday from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County, Wis. This is the 12th group of . . . .

Saving our native prairies: A landscape conservation approach
The business of conservation is changing in the prairies. Conservationists recognize that collaborative, science-based management is necessary to ensure a future for our prairies and wetlands, and the . . . .

Comment Period on Draft Compatibility Determination for Flood Protection Levee on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Begins Today
A 14-day comment period for a Refuge Draft Compatibility Determination begins today and will remain open until October 14, 2012. The Compatibility Determination evaluates a request by the . . . .

50 Years After Silent Spring: Conservation of the Midwest Driftless Area
Fifty years after Rachel Carson raised a red flag about the extensive use of pesticides and their impacts, contaminants are so pervasive in our natural environment that any . . . .

Beyond Borders - Conservation Collaborations Continue with Canada
Collaborations with Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge conservation partners in Canada took a major step forward yesterday as Canadian officials announced the Western Lake Erie Watersheds Priority Natural . . . .

50 Years After Silent Spring: Cleaning Up Ohio’s Ashtabula River
Fifty years ago today, Rachel Carson . .’s Silent Spring appeared on bookshelves, a work that helped shape the world in which we live today. Silent Spring described . . . .

Diversity in America's Great Outdoors - Changing the Face of American Birding
There is a growing national concern about our population . .’s disconnectedness with nature, particularly among the younger generations and diverse audiences. As the gap between people and . . . .

50 Years After Silent Spring: Lessons Learned at Indiana’s Cane Ridge
Early on in her book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson laments the indiscriminate pesticide use "with little or no advance investigation of their effects on soil, water, and the . . . .

A Dam Success: The National Fish Passage Program Helps Restore Streams, While Benefitting People and Local Economies
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and community partners across the nation worked together to remove or bypass 158 dams, culverts and other structures in 2011, opening more . . . .

50 Years After Silent Spring: Investigating the use of Herbicides in an Endangered Species Habitat
Rachel Carson . .’s research in the 1950s on the effects of pesticides to the American robin sparked awareness of and a concern for the risks of chemicals . . . .

Conservation Act Awards $2 Million to Conserve Wetlands in Missouri and Iowa
This week, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $2 million in federal funding to help protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated habitats in Iowa and Missouri under . . . .

50 Years After Silent Spring: Minnesota’s St. Louis River Showcases Environmental Success and Challenge
In 1962, when Rachel Carson wrote about the impacts of DDT in her landmark book Silent Spring, many people were skeptical of her warning that future years might . . . .

Dr. Gwen White selected as Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC Science Coordinator
The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today Dr. Gwen White will serve as the partnership . .’s science coordinator. White will play . . . .

50th Anniversary of Silent Spring: Reversing the Ecological Impacts of Missouri’s Mining Legacy
When modern Americans think about pollution and the environmental movement, they often think of the 1960s and 1970s as the time when . .“all those pollution issues” . . . .

50th Anniversary of Silent Spring: Wisconsin’s Fox River
If Rachel Carson walked along the shores of Green Bay today, she would observe Forster . .’s terns flying overhead, notice egrets and herons foraging in near shore . . . .

50th Anniversary of Silent Spring: A Legacy Continues in Michigan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Environmental Contaminants Program
After years of witnessing American robins dying or dead on her lawn each spring, a St. Louis, Michigan, resident sent two dead robins to the Michigan Department of . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input to conserve endangered species in the Midwest while encouraging clean energy
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading development of a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Midwest that will conserve endangered species, promote development of clean energy which . . . .

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Celebrates Grand Opening of New Visitor Center on Brice Prairie
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined staff from Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge this past Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the La Crosse . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Michigan with $864,689 in Funding to Aid Species of Greatest Conservation Need
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $864,689 in federal funding to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to implement its . .“Diverse Grassland Complexes for . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Plan for Five National Wildlife Refuges on Great Lakes Islands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released for public review and comment a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for islands that are part of the National . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Propose to Simplify Review Process for Critical Habitat Proposals under the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration . .’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service (the Services), the two Federal agencies responsible for administering the . . . .

Mussel Release on the Mississippi
Biologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife . . . .

Stewardship in America's Great Outdoors: Salazar Announces $1 million for Millennium Reserve Restoration and Conservation Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will grant $1 million in funding to support restoration and conservation projects in the Calumet region of Millennium Reserve, including planting 100,000 . . . .

A New Exotic Threat to the Upper Mississippi River
Invasive aquatic plants imported from South America for use in backyard ponds and aquariums have been found for the second year in backwaters of the Mississippi River near . . . .

America’s Great Outdoors: Salazar Green Lights Hackmatack
On August 15, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he has authorized the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois, eventually . . . .

LCC generates socio-economic research on landowner attitudes and motivations for conservation practices
The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) recently announced $50,000 in funding to support research assessing landowner . .’s attitudes toward and motivations for . . . .

America's Great Outdoors: Reversing Decades of Decline, the Number of Hunters and Anglers is on the Rise
MILWAUKEE, WI . .– Highlighting the reversal of decades of declining numbers, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the preliminary results of a comprehensive national . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces More Than $33 Million in Grants to Support Land Acquisition and Conservation Planning for Endangered Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $33 million in grants to 21 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and . . . .

Take Pride, It's Your Nature! Wildlife Restoration Program reaches 75-year milestone
State and federal conservation leaders joined arms with the hunting and shooting community today to celebrate a success story 75 years in the making, a story authored by . . . .

Ramsar Convention Grows in the Midwest
Yesterday, Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex celebrated its inclusion in the Ramsar Convention as a Wetland of International Importance. Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined . . . .

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Environmental Assessment Open for Public Comment Through September 7, 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is making available for public review and comment an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of a new visitor center at . . . .

Sixty-day Duck Hunting Season Proposed in Mississippi Flyway
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced a proposed 60-day duck hunting season and six-duck daily bag limit for the upcoming 2012-13 late waterfowl season in . . . .

Bad River Band Celebrates the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs
On Friday, July 27th the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians hosted a Water Celebration to commemorate the recent designation of the Kakagon and Bad River . . . .

Endangered Beetle Reintroduction a Success in Missouri
For the first time in nearly 40 years, federally endangered American burying beetles produced offspring in Missouri in the wild, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. . . . .

Kirtlands Warbler Advocate Carol Bocetti Wins Recovery Champion Award
Dr. Carol Bocetti of the California University of Pennsylvania, who leads the recovery team for the endangered Kirtland . .’s warbler, was among 56 teams and nine individuals . . . .

Special Agent Justin Mays Named North America’s Wildlife “Officer of the Year”
Justin Mays, a senior special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement in Iowa, has received the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association . . . .

Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project: Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Boardman River Dams Project Implementation Team (IT), is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) . . . .

$9.33 Million in Service and Partnership Funds for Aquatic Habitat Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will provide $3.3 million to fund 90 projects that will help protect, restore and enhance stream, lake and coastal habitat . . . .

Creating efficient conservation actions through collaboration and sound science
Natural resource managers today are presented with unprecedented challenges that threaten the continued protection, conservation and management of land, water and wildlife, from impacts of climate change to . . . .

Partners celebrate acheivements of wildlife artist Joe Hautman and success of Federal Duck Stamp Program
Partners from the wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation community hosted the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Home State Ceremony and Clays Shoot in honor of four-time Federal Duck Stamp . . . .

Drought, Heat Take Toll on Tippecanoe River’s Endangered Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking steps to ensure the survival of several federally endangered species of freshwater mussels in the Tippecanoe River that have been . . . .

Service Proposes New Hunting Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges in Fourteen States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposal to open one new refuge to hunting and to expand hunting opportunities at 16 national wildlife refuges in . . . .

Conservation partners celebrate the recent release of the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp by local artist Joe Hautman at home state ceremony and shooting sports event
Partners from the wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation community will host the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Home State Ceremony and Clays Shoot in honor of four-time Federal Duck . . . .

The Economics of Conservation
William Gascoigne with the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating the economic contribution of conserved habitat lands to the economy in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the U.S. . . . .

Youth Work Crew Join in Support of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge welcomed four local teenagers to its ranks this month to take part in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), a federally funded youth employment . . . .

Six Whooping Crane Chicks Arrive in Wisconsin for Ultralight Training
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is pleased to announce that this year . .’s group of birds that will follow the ultralight planes to Florida has safely . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comment on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Indiana Bat at Ohio Wind Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft environmental impact statement, a draft habitat conservation plan, a draft implementation agreement, and receipt of an . . . .

Improving propagation techniques for freshwater mussels
Freshwater mussels are considered key indicators of water quality and contribute to healthy aquatic ecosystems. However, steep population declines due to habitat degradation and pollution, changing agricultural practices, . . . .

The Return of the Pink Mucket: Endangered Mussels Released in Lower Osage River
Conservation partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Kansas City Zoo and Missouri State University have released about 3,000 pink muckets, an endangered . . . .

Fish Habitat Partnerships and Landscape Conservation Cooperative drive science to predict changes in aquatic systems
From the Rocky Mountains to the Mid Atlantic, conservationists are joining forces to better understand variables impacting the health of fish populations and their habitats, and, to generate . . . .

Fish Passage Program Awards $580,000 in 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announced $580,000 is being awarded in 2012 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Fish Passage Program to support . . . .

Migratory Birds Permits Office Honors Rehabilitation and Education Efforts
Avian rehabilitation and education is a critical component to the conservation and welfare of eagles and other raptors in the Midwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) . . . .

Celebrating Americas Great Outdoors Wabash River Healthy Rivers INitiative
The Wabash River system is a unique natural resource, containing the longest free-flowing stretch of any river in the United States east of the Mississippi River and harbors . . . .

Conservation act designates $1.2 million under Small Grants Program to bird habitat conservation and wetlands in Midwest
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced more than $1.2 million in federal grants to help protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated habitats across the Midwest . . . .

Clean Vessel Act grant program keeps Midwest waterways clean for 20 years
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced more than $688,000 in federal funding to Midwest states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program, which this year . . . .

Restoring Roxana Marsh Two Decades in the Making
Working side-by-side with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . . . .

Classroom in a Canoe at the McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
What student, or adult for that matter, does not spend at least a few minutes each day staring out the window wishing they could be outdoors enjoying the . . . .

Safety First, Safety Always Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Hosts the Midwest Region Heavy Equipment Safety Training
Safety is top of mind for heavy equipment operators every day, but especially true this week at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. The Midwest Region Heavy Equipment Safety Training . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Approved Grants for Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership are pleased to announce the approval of over $380,000 in grants aimed at supporting . . . .

Recovery Plan Outlines Steps to Help Rare Plant
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced availability of a draft recovery plan for the threatened dwarf lake iris, a species native to the Great Lakes coastline . . . .

Scientists Speak - Collaborating to Engage Midwest Science Community in Climate Change Priorities
More than 40 scientists from across the Midwest conservation community gathered this May to establish science priorities as part of a five-year science plan under development by USGS . . . .

Summer of Paddling kicks off on the Mississippi River
There's a new buzz around the Mississippi River. It's called the Summer of Paddling 2012 and it's more than 200 chances for people to get out on the . . . .

Fish Passage Program works with Midwest partners to solve barrier problems
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce that $1.48 million in 2012 will be awarded through the National Fish Passage Program to support projects in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces $850,000 for wetlands and wildlife habitat under Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, and Northeast Regional Director, Wendi Weber, jointly announced today the approval of more than $850,000 for grants aimed . . . .

Draft Environmental Assessment for Watline Wildlife Management Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment . . . .

Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Winners Chosen
Thirteen young Minnesota artists are winners of the 2012 Minnesota Endangered Species Day Youth art contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The contest is designed . . . .

Thanking America's Armed Forces Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to National Wildlife Refuges
To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 . .– Armed Forces Day – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day Midwest Species Make Progress
On May 18, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous organizations will honor Endangered Species Day and the nationwide conservation efforts underway protecting America's threatened, endangered . . . .

Midwest National Wildlife Refuges Receive High Marks from Visitors
An overwhelming percentage of visitors to national wildlife refuges in the Midwest region in 2010 and 2011 were favorably impressed with its recreational opportunities, education and services, according . . . .

Restoring America's Great Outdoors: Proposed Scouting Merit Badge Brings Reinforcements to the Invasive Species Battle in the Midwest
Boy Scouts from across the Midwest tested a pilot invasive species merit badge on Saturday, May 12, 2012, testing themselves in the process. This potential merit badge challenged . . . .

Kids Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery another great success
Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin celebrated the 9th year of its annual Kids Fishing Day on May 12. Set to the backdrop of blue skies and sunshine, . . . .

Public Comments Sought on Future Plans for Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge
As part of the planning process for the future management of Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to attend an . . . .

Service Extends Comment Period to Revise Eagle Permit Regulations for Bald and Golden Eagles
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the comment period on the proposed rule, published on April 13, 2012, to revise the regulations governing permits for nonpurposeful . . . .

Regional Director Tom Melius Welcomes New Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources James Zehringer at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Regional Director Tom Melius visited Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge May 9 and 10, 2012. On his agenda was an introductory meeting with the new Director of the Ohio . . . .

Kirtland's Warbler Tours Begin May 15
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Michigan Audubon Society are again providing opportunities to catch a glimpse of the endangered Kirtland . .’s warbler . . . .

You Can Help Stop Accidental Eagle Poisonings: Preventing the Unintended Effects of Euthanasia Drugs on Wildlife
Prevention is key - Working together with the United States Attorney and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement continues . . . .

Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Central Wisconsin
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is celebrating another success in its efforts to reintroduce a wild migratory whooping crane population in eastern North America. A whooping crane . . . .

Greening Urban America's Great Outdoors: Greening of Detroit and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Partner on Coastal Habitat Restoration at Refuge Gateway
A Greening of Detroit work crew has been hired to assist with restoring coastal habitats at the Refuge Gateway and Humbug Marsh in Trenton and Gibraltar, Mich., including . . . .

Bank Swallows Returning Soon to Midwest - Help Protect Nesting Sites
Spring is coming to the Midwest and so are hundreds of thousands of birds looking for a summer home. Bank swallows - the smallest swallows in North America . . . .

Ohio Youth Wins the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a northern pintail was selected to appear on the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, . . . .

Celebrating 20 years of International Migratory Bird Day at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 5
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Audubon Minnesota encourage children and their families to attend this year . .’s Kids’ Bird Watching Fair at the Minnesota . . . .

National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest Winners Chosen
WASHINGTON, DC . .– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Coalition, Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans . . . .

Spring Migration is Underway for the Class of 2011 Whooping Cranes
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing whooping cranes to eastern North America, is pleased to report that last . . . .

Connecting kids to art and science for 20 years: 2012 Junior Duck Stamp Program
The end of March marks both the beginning of Spring and the anticipation of Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Contests held across the country. States in . . . .

Partnering for America's Great Outdoors for more than 25 years
The Partners Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary of working with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitat. Throughout the years, Pheasants Forever has been a key . . . .

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Biologists Share Endangered Bird Reintroduction Strategies with China
American zoos and wildlife officials have long held a dialogue with Chinese counterparts regarding giant panda conservation, but recently China inquired about endangered bird reintroduction efforts in the . . . .

Three cases of bat disease discovered in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. . .– The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received confirmation that a deadly disease in bats called “White-Nose Syndrome” (WNS) has been found . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Joins Other Federal and State Agencies in Agreement to Spur Development of Offshore Wind Projects
Washington, D.C. . .– Ten Federal agencies joined with five Great Lakes states to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will streamline the . . . .

Draft Environmental Assessment of Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project – Public Review
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Boardman River Dams Project Implementation Team (IT), is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) . . . .

Colorful Endangered Beetle to Return to Southwest Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reintroduce the colorful American burying beetle to a natural area in southwest Missouri as part of a partnership with the St. . . . .

Environmental Assessment Available for Proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Open House Events Scheduled
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released for public review and comment an Environment Assessment (EA) for the possible establishment of a national wildlife refuge in . . . .

Tours Offered to View Endangered Kirtland's Warbler
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Michigan Audubon Society are again providing opportunities to catch a glimpse of the endangered Kirtland's warbler in northern . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Awards
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced recipients of the 2011 Recovery Champion award, which honors Service employees and partners for outstanding efforts to conserve and protect . . . .

More than $599,000 in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grants Awarded to Tribes in the Midwest Region
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region is pleased to announce funding for three Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $599,978 through the Service's Fiscal Year 2012 . . . .

Midwest Region Takes Home National Honors at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest region is home to many programs and employees that bring great innovation in meeting today's conservation challenges. Evidence of this was . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Freshwater Mussels as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the sheepnose and the spectaclecase, two freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States, . . . .

Conservation act designates $2 million to bird habitat conservation and wetlands in Michigan and Missouri
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius today announced the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) approved $2 million in federal funding to help protect, restore . . . .

Draft Environmental Assessment for Whitewater Wildlife Management Area and Whitewater State Park Land Transfer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment . . . .

Midwest Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley presented with the Distinguished Service Award
On March 7, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley with the Distinguished Service Award. . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited Focus Funding to Protect Vital Waterfowl Habitat in Prairie Pothole Region
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today they will work with the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to focus resources on wildlife habitat in the . . . .

Secretary Salazar Announces National Water Trail System
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Trustees to Begin Restoration Planning for 2010 Oil Spill Near Marshall, Michigan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, along with its federal, state and tribal co-trustees, today announced its intent to . . . .

Bald Eagle Rescued from Rock Island Neighborhood
Check out this great news clip about a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eagle rescue in a Rock Island neighborhood earlier today. . . .div . . . . . . .

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - Winona District hosts youth ice fishing day
On February 25, 2012, approximately 75 people attended the annual Youth Ice Fishing Event held at the McNally Landing on the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River . . . .

Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley will be awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award at a Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in early March
Charles M. Wooley's active leadership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been marked by his ability to build consensus and inspire members of the conservation community . . . .

Partnering for America's Great Outdoors for more than 25 years
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was recently recognized by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever for 25 years of service to America's wildlife resources during the national . . . .

Mass Marking: The life of fish after they leave our hatcheries (video)
Fishery managers in the Great Lakes annually stock over 30 million salmon and trout to diversify sport fisheries, restore native fish populations, and control invasive fishes. However, little . . . .

Piping Plover Nesting Habitat Protection Along the Shores of Lake Michigan
The endangered piping plover will soon return to the beaches of the Great Lakes to begin another nesting season. In 2011, there were approximately 55 breeding pairs of . . . .

Building a Nursery for Lake Sturgeon
Great Lakes sturgeon populations have declined dramatically since the late 1800s from overfishing, pollution and habitat loss. Though many sturgeon populations have disappeared entirely, sturgeons can still be . . . .

Bald Eagle Nest Near Deer River Relocated
A bald eagle nest one mile west of Deer River, Minnesota, visible from Hwy. 2, has been moved because of concern that the nest and nest tree might . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Freshwater Mussels as Endangered Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed two freshwater mussels . .– the rayed bean and the snuffbox – as endangered under the federal Endangered Species . . . .

Todd Turner Announced as New Midwest Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries
Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, announced that Mr. Todd Turner has been selected as the Midwest Region's Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries. Todd has been the Midwest Region's . . . .

Minnesota School Kids Invited to Enter 2012 Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Minnesota youth in kindergarten through grade 12 can be part of the first annual Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, designed to showcase student art and raise awareness . . . .

Deputy Director Greg Siekaniec and Regional Director Tom Melius celebrate Winterfest at Sherburne NWR
Despite a lack of snow, Winterfest went on as scheduled with great turnout. Even the Deputy Director was able to join in the festivities. . . .div . . . . .

Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days. . . . . .

Local Fisheries Friends Group and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Offices Team up to Sponsor Kids Ice Fishing Event
Over 250 youths and their parents came out to Genoa National Fish Hatchery to enjoy a short seminar on ice safety tips and ice fishing techniques. They were . . . .

Refuge Event Celebrates World Wetlands Day At Gibraltar Carlson High School
The 3rd Annual celebration of World Wetlands Day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Gibraltar Carlson High School from a.m. to p.m. The event will . . . .

The 2012 Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium to be held in February
The 14th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show from 9 a.m. . .– 5 p.m., on February 4 . . . .

State, Federal Wildlife Agencies Clarify Status of Gray Wolves in Illinois
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remind the public that the Service's recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for . . . .

Iowa Wetland Management District Seeks Public Input on Future Management at Series of Open Houses
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will be hosting four open houses to request input from the public in developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the . . . .

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Celebrates 75 Year Milestone
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in what promises to be a historic year, joins partners in celebration of the 75th anniversary of its Wildlife and Sport Fish . . . .

Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Announces Research Projects for 2012
The Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PPP-LCC) selected five research projects to fund in fiscal year 2012. The PPP-LCC Steering Committee, co-chaired by U.S. Fish and . . . .

Free Family Ice Fisheree
The 11th annual Harpers Ferry Free Family Ice Fisheree will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 from a.m. to p.m. Signs will direct people to the parking lot . . . .

Agencies Seek Comments on Draft Plan to Restore Natural Resources in Southwestern Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are seeking comments on a draft plan to restore resources injured by the release of . . . .

Billiard Company Fined $150,000 for Illegally Exporting African Elephant Ivory
A Skokie, Ill. company pleaded guilty yesterday and was fined $150,000 for illegally exporting African elephant ivory, as well as products made from other protected wildlife, to foreign . . . .

FAA Grants Waiver Allowing Ultralight-led Migration to Continue
The ultralight-led migration of nine whooping cranes, on hold in Franklin County, Alabama, pending FAA clearance, has been given the green light. . . .div . . . . . . .

Reward Fund Started for Indiana Whooping Crane Case
Wildlife law enforcement agents with the Indiana DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the most recent shooting in which a whooping crane . .– . . . .

The Nature Conservancy Gives Twin Cities Preserve to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Nature Conservancy has donated Black Dog Preserve in Burnsville to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so that it can be added to the Minnesota Valley National . . . .

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered . . . .

Service alerts public to abundance of snowy owls in upper Midwest this winter
Snowy owls originating from the Arctic tundra are migrating south to winter in regions of the Great Lakes and Midwest plains, according to migratory bird biologists with the . . . .

Comment Period on Draft Hunting Plan for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Open Until Jan. 4, 2012
A 30-day comment period for the Refuge's Draft Hunting Plan began on December 5, 2011, and will end January 4, 2012. . . .div . . . . . . . .

Secretary of the Interior visits Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar traveled to southern Indiana November 29 to meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff from the state's three refuges and other Service programs . . . .

Midwest Regional Director and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman meet to discuss Native American Youth Conservation Initiative
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's (SMSC) Chairman Stanley Crooks met on Tuesday November 22 at . . . .

AsianCarp.us is now live!
On behalf of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC), we are pleased to announce that AsianCarp.us is the new home for up-to-date information on ACRCC actions to . . . .

Small Wetlands, Big Mission
What do wetlands and prairies have to do with a stamp? Simply put, everything! One of our nation's most efficient and effective conservation programs would not exist without . . . .

Accessing America's Great Outdoors: Disabled Hunters Have Hunt of a Lifetime
The special deer hunt for sportsmen with disabilities was held at the Lost Mound Unit (former Savanna Army Depot) of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge . . . .

Honoring Our Veterans
On this Veterans Day, we pause to remember the sacrifices made by our military men, women and family members. For more than two centuries, servicemembers have set aside . . . .

Scouting for America's Great Outdoors
As the morning sun rose over Oak Ridge Lake and Canada geese and trumpeter swans headed out to feed, more than 50 volunteers rallied for Conservation Day on . . . .

New Report Shows US Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program Helps Support 68,000 Jobs in U.S. Economy – Midwest fisheries' recreation and conservation activities are huge economic drivers for nation
The fisheries program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in association with state agencies and other conservation organizations, contributes $3.6 billion to the nation's economy and supports . . . .

Extreme Makeover: Brownfield Edition
Trenton, Mich. . .– Much like the television program called "Extreme that showcases efforts to renovate houses and makeover people to achieve remarkable results, an industrial brownfield . . . .

No Growth on Agassiz Refuge Fire in Spite of High Winds
Middle River, Minn. . .– The 200 acre peat fire is not the only problem firefighters are up against in northern Minnesota. All day today, and predicted . . . .

Attention Hunters
Due to the current wildfire activity, approximately 1,300 acres in the southwest corner of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, (see map), will be closed to all entry and . . . .

Service and City of Indianapolis join forces for urban bird conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today celebrates the City of Indianapolis' implementation of the Service's Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (Urban Bird Treaty), including a . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for FY 2012 Endangered Species Grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Public Meeting on Ballville Dam Removal Proposal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public information meeting on the proposed removal of Ballville Dam from . .– p.m. on Thursday, October 27 . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act. One new candidate species from the Midwest added to list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released its Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for . . . .

Restoring America's Great Outdoors at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Ducks Unlimited and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) partners from around the region celebrated the Shiawassee Flats Wetland Restoration project in Michigan on Friday, Oct. 2011. Regional . . . .

Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration
Eighteen young whooping cranes are winging their way south on their first fall migration. This is the 11th group of birds to take part in the project led . . . .

Winona District Waterfowl Hunt
Fall marks the time honored tradition of waterfowl hunting. Sept. 24 2011 marked the opening day for nearly 1,000 waterfowl hunters on the Winona District. . . .div . . . .

Service Awards $660,000 to achieve regional fish and wildlife restoration priorities in the Great Lakes basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced $660,000 in federal funding will support regional fish and wildlife restoration priorities in the Great Lakes basin under the Great . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for FY2012 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends comment period on multi-state, multi-species draft habitat conservation plan and draft environmental impact statement
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the comment period on a draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluating a proposed multi-species, multi-state draft Habitat Conservation Plan and application . . . .

Wisconsin Bear Guide Charged with Lacey Act Violations
James L. Santelle, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that John J. Kellogg has been charged by complaint with two violations of the Lacey . . . .

Happy Refuge Week!
Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius celebrate with Puddles the Blue Goose. Find out what celebrations are going on in your area! . . . . .

Diver Below
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joins Biologists Ann Runstrom and Byron Karns along with University of MN Researcher Mark Hove during a recent dive to assess the health . . . .

Through A Biologist's Eye: Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
Check out these beautiful photos from Wildlife Biologists at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in Wapello, Iowa. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

What Are You Doing for Refuge Week? Visit Your Favorite National Wildlife Refuge and Celebrate October 9-15, 2011
Celebrate America's great outdoors with a visit to a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15. You will see for yourself that refuges conserve some . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds 11 Aquatic-dependent Species Do Not Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today there is not enough substantial information that 11 species from a petition for 404 species of southeastern aquatic, riparian and . . . .

Five-Year Survey Shows Wetlands Losses are Slowing, Marking Conservation Gains and Need for Continued Investment in Habitat
WASHINGTON -- America's wetlands declined slightly from 2004-2009, underscoring the need for continued conservation and restoration efforts, according to a report issued today by the Department of the . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists the Ozark Hellbender as Endangered and Moves to Include Hellbenders in Appendix III of CITES
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated the Ozark hellbender as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and also finalized its decision to list the . . . .

Endangered Species Act Protection Not Warranted for Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it has completed a status review of the Oklahoma grass pink orchid, a plant found in seven states, and concluded . . . .

Endangered Species Act Protection for Northern Leopard Frog is Not Warranted. Petition sought protection for the northern leopard frog in 19 states including four in Midwest
The northern leopard frog does not warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today. The announcement is the . . . .

Chicago's Montrose Dunes: International Coastal Cleanup Day
With over 1.3 million visitors per year, Chicago's Montrose Beach and Harbor rank among the most heavily used public areas along Illinois' Lake Michigan Coastal Area. Nevertheless, this . . . .

Service Supports "Double Up For The Ducks" Ducks Unlimited Campaign for Wetlands and Waterfowl Habitat Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is supporting Double Up for the Ducks . .– a new campaign by Ducks Unlimited encouraging duck hunters and all persons . . . .

American Eel May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
The American eel may need federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today, following an initial review of a . . . .

St. Croix Wetland Management District Friends and Neighbors Night Out
The Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District (WMD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted the 2nd Annual Friends and Neighbors Night Out. . . . . .

Union Slough Marsh Lowered to 'Kick-Start' Food Chain
The water-level of the 1300-acre marsh at Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has been lowered or 'drawn down' to improve habitat for wildlife. When wetlands are drawn . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds 374 Aquatic-dependent Species May Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will conduct an in-depth status review of 374 rare southeastern aquatic, riparian and wetland animal and plant species to determine if . . . .

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Menominee Dam Fish Passage Project
For nearly a century the sturgeon of Lake Michigan have not been able to return to their Menominee River spawning areas. But that will soon change. A consortium . . . .

Professional Illinois Duck Hunter Jeff Foiles Sentenced to More Than One Year in Jail and Fines for Illegal Hunting and Guiding Activities
Professional duck hunter and guide Jeffrey B. Foiles was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in Springfield, Ill., to 13 months in prison, the Department of Justice's Environment . . . .

$16 million in federal and matching funding for migratory bird habitat in the Midwest
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) applauds the approval of $4 million in federal funding for projects benefiting wetlands and associated habitat in the Midwestern states of . . . .

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for a Public Roadway Easement on Beaches Wildlife Management Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment . . . .

Service Awards More Than $1.2 Million for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today more than $1.2 million in federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act . . . .

Getting Students Out into America's Great Outdoors
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center hosted the Enter into the Prairie environmental education pageant during the 2011 Return to Prairie Days . . .div . . . . . . . . .

The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Rocheport
The talks cover a wide range of topics in an effort to appeal to a broad audience. All presentation are free and open to the public... . . . . . .

Midwest Fish Habitat Benefits from $1.2 Million in Funding
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will provide more than $548,000 to support fish habitat projects in the Midwest under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP). . . . .

USFWS Fish Passage Program works with Midwest partners to solve barrier problems
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded more than $1.5 million in 2011 through the National Fish Passage Program to support projects in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, . . . .

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery Improving Efficiency and Hatchery Operations for Lake Trout Rehabilitation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted an open house and building dedication ceremony at Jordan River National Fish Hatchery in Elmira, Mich., on Thursday, August 18. The . . . .

Clough Island Conservation Success Tour
On August 23, 2011 the Service and partners celebrate the conservation success of Clough Island . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf in the Eastern United States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the reopening of the comment period on the May 5, 2011, proposed rule to delist the gray wolf population . . . .

Salazar Announces $53 Million in Grants to Support Habitat Acquisition and Conservation Planning for Endangered Species. Missouri, Wisconsin Among Grant Recipients
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced more than $53 million in grants to 17 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital . . . .

Working Like a Dog to Protect America's Great Outdoors
Refuge Officer Darryn Witt works on the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge on the Savanna District in Northern Illinois. On July 29, 2011 he and his . . . .

Waterfowl Hunters Look Forward to a Good Season on Refuges
Practice those duck calls, and check your decoys. Waterfowl hunting season is almost here, and signs point to a good year on national wildlife refuges... . . .div . . . .

USFWS and Conservation Partners Celebrate Permanent Protection of Clough Island in St. Louis River Estuary
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and the state natural resources agencies of Wisconsin and Minnesota today celebrate the restoration and permanent protection of the . . . .

Pelican Lake Shoreline Protected with Legacy Amendment Acquisition
Ducks Unlimited has added 60 acres and 3,000 feet of shoreline to the Pelican Lake Waterfowl Production Area with the first land DU purchased using dollars from the . . . .

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery Celebrates Lake Trout Rehabilitation and New Facilities
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Salazar Announces Successful Recovery of Lake Erie Watersnake
WASHINGTON . .— Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) removed the Lake Erie watersnake, a harmless . . . .

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Names Bradly Potter New Science Coordinator
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, or UMGL LCC, has named Bradly Potter as the new science coordinator for the LCC... . . .div . . . . .

Enjoying America's Great Outdoors at Youth Outdoors Fest in LaCrosse, Wisconsin
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Jordan River National Fish Hatchery to celebrate completion of fish rearing facility at open house and dedication ceremony on August 18
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will host an open house and building dedication ceremony at Jordan River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Elmira, Mich., on Thursday, . . . .

Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee to Begin Intensive Monitoring in Lake Calumet in Response to Environmental DNA Results
CHICAGO- The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced intensive monitoring action will begin in Lake Calumet and surrounding areas on Monday, August 1st, after three consecutive . . . .

Wisconsin, Michigan and New York to benefit from restoration of aquatic species habitat in Great Lakes basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Midwest Region, in partnership with the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership (GLBFHP), announced today that approximately $500,000 of Great Lakes . . . .

The Return of "King of Fish" to the Red River Basin
Thousands of years ago the Red River Basin in northwest Minnesota, like many tributaries of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes region, teemed with "king of - . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Not Propose Endangered Species Act Protection for Midwest Snail
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a status review of the frigid ambersnail indicates protection of the snail under the Endangered Species Act is not . . . .

Natural Resource Trustees Continue to Assess Damage Related to 2010 Spill in Kalamazoo River
A year after more than 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Michigan, tribal and government agencies, acting as trustees for . . . .

Rehabilitated Herons Find New Home in North Minneapolis County Park
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Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Control of Phragmites australis in Western Lake Erie Coastal Marshes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Ohio, is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) . . . .

Proposal Would Return Colorful Endangered Beetle to Southwest Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reintroduce the colorful American burying beetle to a natural area in southwest Missouri as part of a partnership with . . . .

Celebrate Lake Trout Rehabilitation with Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery on August 13
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will host an open house at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Brimley, Mich., on Saturday, August 13 to celebrate . . . .

"City Bird Day" Proclaimed by Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul
The Service celebrates Minneapolis and Saint Paul's implementation of a new Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds and first City Bird Day... . . .div . . . . . . .

Minneapolis and Saint Paul to Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Bird Treaty Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, City of Saint Paul and Audubon Minnesota, . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Revised Draft Guidelines for Land- Based Wind Energy Projects
On July 20 and 21, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will meet with the Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee to continue to receive Committee members' . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Strengthens Work Plan to Restore Biological Priorities and Certainty to Endangered Species Listing Process
The Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that it is further strengthening a work plan that will allow the agency to focus . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Multi-state, Multi-species Draft Habitat Conservation Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluating a proposed multi-species, multi-state draft Habitat Conservation Plan and application for an . . . .

Mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Announce Urban Bird Treaty
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, City of Saint Paul and Audubon Minnesota, . . . .

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Phase III Control of Invasive Non-native Plants in Wetlands on Private Property in the Lake Erie Watershed in Ohio
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, is seeking comments from the public on a . . . .

Secretary Salazar and Director Ashe Visit Michigan - Celebrate Conservation Efforts Underway
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Congressman John Dingell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe were in Michigan yesterday to announce land acquisitions of the . . . .

Young Citizen Scientist Explores America's Great Outdoors
Join FWS volunteer and citizen scientist Ian Drobney as he explores 15 of the Midwest Region's field stations and learns about conservation efforts... . . .div . . . . . .

Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted for Two Bat Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the eastern small-footed and northern long-eared bats may warrant federal protection as threatened or endangered species, following an initial . . . .

Keystone Hatcheries Fined for Whirling Disease Lacey Act Violation
Keystone Hatcheries, a division of Robinson Wholesale Inc., located in Illinois, was sentenced June 21, 2011 by Federal Judge Philip Simon to pay restitution in the amount of . . . .

Listing Ozark chinquapin under Endangered Species Act 'not warranted'
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not list the Ozark chinquapin, a chestnut tree, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because it is widespread in the interior . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for the Endangered Tumbling Creek Cavesnail
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 25 acres in southwestern Missouri as critical habitat for the endangered Tumbling Creek cavesnail. The designation includes Tumbling Creek and . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces $930,000 for wetlands and wildlife habitat under Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, and Northeast Regional Director Marvin Moriarty, jointly announced today the approval of $930,000 for grants aimed at protecting, . . . .

Jeff Foiles Pleads Guilty to Federal Duck Hunting Violations
Working together with state wildlife enforcement agents in Illinois and Iowa, and internationally with counterparts in Canada, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents close illegal duck hunting . . . .

Fishers and Farmers
In 2010, Fishers and Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin became a partnership of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. On June 28, 2011 its charter . . . .

Community Pulls Together to Secure Historic Bertrand Collection
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is working in partnership with private landowners, volunteers and partners to protect areas of the Missouri River flood plain threatened by rising Missouri River . . . .

2011 Federal Duck Stamp
The 2011 Federal Duck Stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 24th . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . . . . .

Agencies Announce Decision on Double-crested Cormorant Management in Michigan
Federal agencies have released the final Decision and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs) for an Environmental Assessment (EA) on Double-crested cormorant damage management in Michigan. The EA . . . .

50 Stories, 50 States, 50 Days
View all Midwest stories from the series exploring the many ways accelerating climate change is impacting or may impact fish and wildlife across America . . .div . . . . .

After the Storm
An account from Neosho National Fish Hatchery staff after an EF-5 tornado struck the neighboring town of Joplin, Missouri on May 22.. . . .div . . . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Names Former Indiana DNR Official as New Coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the selection of Glen Salmon as the new Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative coordinator. For the . . . .

Conservation Act designates nearly $1 million to bird habitat restoration and acquisition in Midwest
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region announced today the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) approved more than $930,000 in federal funding to help protect, restore and enhance . . . .

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge and private landowners work together to prepare for projected rise in Missouri River water levels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is working in partnership with private landowners, volunteers and partners to protect areas of the Missouri River . . . .

New Release Sites for "Class of 2011" Whooping Cranes
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is pleased to announce that new release sites have been chosen for this year's whooping crane reintroduction efforts. This will be the . . . .

Environmental Education Building Stands Up at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Partners gathered June 8, 2011 to raise a timber frame structure that will serve as an environmental education classroom at the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Many . . . .

Open House on Brown Bridge Dam Removal Project - June 21, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in partnership with the Boardman River Implementation Team (BRIT), will host an open house from p.m. . .– p.m. on . . . .

Over $794,000 in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grants Awarded to Tribes in the Midwest Region
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region is pleased to announce funding for four Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $794,797 through the Service's Fiscal Year 2011 . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant Benefits Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Driftless Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with state wildlife agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota, will restore 4,750 acres . . . .

Golden-winged Warbler May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
The golden-winged warbler, a small songbird found in the north-central and eastern United States, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Announces Information Meeting on Wolf Delisting Proposal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public information meeting about its recent proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf in the . . . .

Michigan DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Announce Information Meeting on Wolf Delisting Proposal
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a public information meeting about the Service's recent proposal to remove Endangered Species Act . . . .

Seven Rehabilitated Eagles from Landfill Poisoning Returned to Wild
The largest and most successful rescue of poisoned eagles ever recorded has come to a dramatic completion today at Antigo, Wis. with the release of seven American bald . . . .

Midwest Regional Office moves to new location
The Midwest regional office will be relocated to the Norman Pointe II Office Building . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . . .

Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds
Birdwatchers enjoyed the 2011 Detroit Lakes Festival of the Birds May 19 - 22 . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . . .

Regional Director's Wisconsin Trip
Tom Melius visits St. Croix Wetland Management District, Iron River National Fish Hatchery, the Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . .

21st Annual Fishing Tournament for veterans and kids
More than 100 veterans and 100 7th graders from Tomah Middle School enjoyed a morning of fishing, food and friendship . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Friday the 13th Proves Lucky for Rice Lake NWR Volunteer Tree Planting
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Conservation Agencies Commit to Long-Term Management of Kirtland's Warblers
The U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Department of Natural Resources have signed a memorandum of agreement pledging to continue conservation efforts for the . . . .

50 Stories, 50 States, 50 Days
View all Midwest stories from the series exploring the many ways accelerating climate change is impacting or may impact fish and wildlife across America . . .div . . . . .

Restoring America's Great Outdoors - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gets Private Support to Control Spread of Invasive Phragmites
GROSSE ILE, MICH. May 18, 2011 . .– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today announced an expansion of its partnership with ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries Friends Sponsor Kids Fishing Day on Saturday May 21 at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services will host more than 250 kids and their parents or guardians at . . . .

A Decade of Celebrating America's Great Outdoors - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Releases Annual Report
Grosse Ile, Mich. . .– Partners and friends of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the 10th anniversary of refuge establishment with an annual benefit . . . .

Through a Fish's Eye in the Midwest - The Status of Aquatic Habitat in Upper Mississippi River Basin
In a report released this month under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP), large regions of the Upper Mississippi River Basin are shown to be at high-risk . . . .

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Kids Fishing Day 2011
More than 150 students from the Twin Cities enjoyed a day of fishing . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . . . .

Sodalis Nature Park marks unique collaboration between airport, Hendricks County, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 210-acre property, to open May 13, is both public park and wildlife preserve
INDIANAPOLIS . .– The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) and Hendricks County Parks and Recreation (HCPR), in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), are pleased . . . .

Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Central Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) are celebrating another success in efforts to reintroduce a wild . . . .

Service to build Upper Mississippi River Basin interpretive facility
Residents along the Mississippi River and travelers of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway will soon benefit from a new education and interpretive center that will showcase . . . .

Minnesotans Go wild, Go birding, and explore America's great outdoors at USFWS and Audubon Minnesota Kids' Bird Watching Fair!
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Comment Period Begins May 5 on Wolf Delisting Proposal Public Hearing Set for May 18, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the western Great Lakes region will publish in the Federal Register Thursday, . . . .

2011 State of the Birds Report: A Closer look at birds on public lands and waters in the Midwest
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region applauds the release of the 2011 State of the Birds Report, the nation's first assessment of birds on lands and . . . .

Interior Announces Next Steps in Protection, Recovery, and Scientific Management of Wolves
Washington, DC - The Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is proposing to delist biologically recovered gray wolf populations in the . . . .

AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar Releases 2011 State of the Birds Report
Report Shows Public Lands and Waters Crucial to Birds One Out of Four Birds Species on Public Land in Peril . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Grand Opening
Necedah welcomed the community to celebrate the grand opening of the state-of-the-art refuge visitor center with a day of educational programs, activities and workshops that covered topics including . . . .

Commercial Wildlife-dependent Recreation on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Draft Compatibility Determination Available for Public Review
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is soliciting public comments on a draft compatibility determination relating to commercial wildlife-dependent recreation. This use involves . . . .

USFWS and Clean Vessel Act Keep Midwest Waterways Clean for Recreational Boaters
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Sport Fish Restoration program recently awarded more than $670,000 in federal funds to support clean waterway projects in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and . . . .

50 Stories, 50 States, 50 Days
View all Midwest stories from the series exploring the many ways accelerating climate change is impacting or may impact fish and wildlife across America . . .div . . . . .

Sacred Land Restoration Ceremony Connects People with Place
Trenton and Gibraltar, Mich. . .– The Wyandot of Anderdon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wayne County Parks and the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance will be . . . .

Fish Habitat Partnerships Honored for Visioning, Scientific Acheivement and Outreach at National Fish Habitat Action Plan Awards
The National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) Awards were presented to representatives from community partnerships that work to protect and conserve fish habitat at the Jim Range National . . . .

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Phase II Control of Invasive Non-native Plants in Wetlands in the Lake Erie Watershed in Ohio
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, is seeking comments from the public on a . . . .

Go wild, go birding, and explore America's great outdoors at USFWS and Audubon Minnesota Kids' Bird Watching Fair on Saturday, May 7
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Audubon Minnesota encourage children and their families to "Go Wild! Go at the third annual Kids' Bird Watching Fair at . . . .

Citizen Tip Leads to Closure of Whooping Crane Shooting in Indiana
Closure comes in the case of matriarch whooping crane shooting because of a citizen tip. Wade Bennett of Cayuga, Ind. pled guilty and was sentenced on March 30, . . . .

Necedah Refuge Visitor Center Grand Opening
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will host a Ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of its state-of-the-art visitor center on Saturday, April 30, . . . .

The Climate of Conservation in America: 50 Stories in 50 States
Starting this Earth Day, April 22, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will launch a series of 50 stories for 50 consecutive weekdays that will explore the many . . . .

A Celebration of Fish Passage Success in Cleveland, Ohio
The Euclid Creek East Branch Dam in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was successfully removed this past December, restoring stream flow for the first time since the dam was constructed . . . .

Improving Fisheries Management in the Great Lakes through Mass Marking
The second mass marking season for hatchery raised fish is underway in the Great Lakes . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Wind Energy Association, Wind Developers Sign Agreement to Promote Endangered Species Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and wind energy industry companies, along with the American Wind Energy Association, have signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to work together . . . .

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and Lake Erie Metropark Host Migratory Bird Bash to Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
The Lake Erie Marshlands Museum and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) are joining forces for a two-day welcome home party to celebrate the return of our . . . .

Lake Sturgeon Streamside Rearing Unit Deployed
Genoa National Fish Hatchery has completed and deployed a sturgeon streamside rearing unit purchased with GLRI funding . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes Have Recovered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced a proposal to remove gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes area -- which includes Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin . . . .

Illinois and Ohio Youth Place First and Third in National Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Two young artists from the Midwest placed first and third today in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2011 National Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Contest... . . . . .

Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Comment on Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge announces that a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of a new office building is available . . . .

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
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Wildlife Lands Help Fight Flooding
Many are familiar with the benefits that our wildlife lands provide, but did you know that these lands also help alleviate flooding in our region? . . .div . . . .

Giving the Land a Voice: A Multimedia Contest for Youth!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are looking for youth ages 15-24 to tell us what they think about the future of . . . .

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Receives National Award
Denis Mudderman of Rochert, Minn. has been selected as the 2011 Refuge Volunteer of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife . . . .

Get Involved and Join the Conversation: Be a part of the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Join the Conversation at www.AmericasWildlife.org . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . ./a . . . . . .

Planning Begins Now for Future of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Join the Conversation at www.AmericasWildlife.org . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . ./a . . . . . .

White-nose Syndrome Detected in Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH - Wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of White-nose Syndrome in bats hibernating in an abandoned mine on the Wayne National Forest in Lawrence County... . . . .

Boy Scouts Help to Restore Habitat at the Refuge Gateway in Trenton, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan . .– The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will welcome Boy Scout Troop # 802 of the Huron District within the Boy Scouts of America . . . .

Fifth Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival
Birders from around the region are flocking to the south shore of Lake Superior! The Fifth Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival based at The Northern Great . . . .

Ducks Unlimited Recognizes Minnesota USFWS Manager for Wetland Conservation
Ducks Unlimited honored a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service district manager from Minnesota with a Wetland Conservation Achievement Award for his exceptional, long-term contributions to wetlands and . . . .

Bighead Carp Added to Federal List of Injurious Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish a final rule in the Federal Register on March 22, officially adding the bighead carp to the federal injurious wildlife . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Awards
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced 29 recipients of the 2010 Recovery Champion award honoring Service staff members and their partners-in-mission for conserving endangered and threatened species... . . . .

Smoke in the Air is a Sign That Prescribed Burn Season Has Begun in Wisconsin
From April through mid-June and mid-October through mid-November, fire crews and specialized equipment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Leopold Wetland Management District, in Portage, Wis., will . . . .

4th Annual Midwest Torch Award Comes to Leopold Wetland Management District
The Midwest Torch Award has been passed on to another well-respected individual in the wildland fire profession. On March 10, 2011, Leopold Wetland Management District (WMD) Career Seasonal . . . .

Summer Jobs in America's Great Outdoors
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the country's 553 national wildlife refuges, hopes to hire more than 2,000 young people this year, as it did in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Launch Major National Survey On Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife Watching
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be conducting the 12th National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts across the . . . .

USFWS Major Boating Grant to Support Transient Boat Dock for City of Rock Island, Illinois
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program will fund a transient boat dock at the existing Schweibert Riverfront Park in the . . . .

USFWS Major Boating Grant to Support Transient Marina in Downtown Cleveland
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program will fund a transient marina at the existing North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. . . . .

Snow Geese at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Early March is a great time to view snow geese at Squaw Creek NWR. Currently there are about 500,000 snow geese on the refuge! Learn more about the . . . .

Vote for your Favorite Bold Ideas
Hundreds of people across the country have provided bold ideas to the Conserving the Future web site or voted on their favorites. Each person who registers on the . . . .

Tom Melius Visits Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius visited Squaw Creek NWR to present the Midwest Region's "Sense of award to Amanda Griffin... . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Crane Meadows NWR Habitat Day
Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Crane Meadows welcomed visitors to the 11th Annual Habitat Day event held on Sat. March 12, 2011... . . . . . .

City closes portion of Edward M. Golson Boat Launch and Nature Preserve to protect nesting bald eagles
Visitors to Edward M. Golson Boat Launch and Nature Preserve will find that a portion of the preserve's nature trails have been closed to the public to protect . . . .

Conservation Act designates $5 Million to Bird Habitat Conservation and Wetlands in Upper Midwest
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius announced recently the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) approved $5 million in Federal grants to help protect, restore . . . .

Honoring Outstanding Educators!
These individuals have promoted the use of the Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculum in the classroom to teach children about the importance of conservation, science and America's great . . . .

Spring is Almost Here, and so is the Controlled Burning Season at the St. Croix Wetland Management District
Returning birds and melting snow are sure signs of spring in the Midwest. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service natural resource professionals are also preparing for another spring ritual, . . . .

Public Comment Period Open - Environmental Assessment for Control of Invasive Non-native Plants in Wetlands in the Lake Erie Watershed in Ohio
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, is seeking comments from the public on a draft . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mass Marking Season Begins in the Great Lakes
The second year of mass marking in the Great Lakes will begin March 15th. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will travel . . . .

Celebrating Arts and Science Across the Region
States across the Nation host the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Program this month 2011 Contest Schedule - Midwest Region . . .div . . . . . . . .

Ice Fishing at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - Winona District
The 9th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a winter outdoor experience for . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Not Conduct In-Depth Review To Consider Listing the Wild Plaines Bison
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that a petition to list the wild plains bison under the Endangered Species Act does not contain substantial scientific data . . . .

Second Whooping Crane Found Dead at Weiss Lake, Ala - Reward in Alabama Whooping Crane Deaths now at $23,250
Federal investigators have discovered the remains of a second whooping crane at Weiss Lake on the Alabama-Georgia border. The second crane, identified as #22-10, a crane released last . . . .

Non-toxic Shot Required for Turkey Hunting on Federal Waterfowl Production Areas
In an effort to reduce the risk of accidental lead poisoning for wildlife and minimize impacts on the environment, the Fish and Wildlife Service is requiring the use . . . .

Hunting and fishing industry, as well as recreational shooters, hunters, boaters, and anglers, continue to fund conservation in the nation
ecretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the distribution of more than $749 million in excise tax revenues generated by sportsmen and women to state and territorial . . . .

National Kids' Art Contest Highlights Importance of Endangered Species
Youngsters around the country will celebrate Endangered Species Day 2011 by entering the Endangered Species Art contest. The art contest is part of the sixth annual national Endangered . . . .

President Requests $1.7 Billion for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012
The President's FY 2012 budget request of $1.7 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will focus funding on the agency's highest priority conservation initiatives, such . . . .

Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society Honors Refuge Officer Chuck Melvin with 2010 Conservation Officer of the Year
Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District Refuge Officer Chuck Melvin was recognized by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society for his contributions to the field of conservation during . . . .

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Creating a New Waterfront Porch for Wildlife and People
Governmental, industrial and nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario are working to make waterfront shorelines friendly to fish, wildlife and people. Indeed, these partners are rapidly . . . .

America's Great Outdoors Seeking Bold Ideas to Guide Future of Refuge System
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the launching of an open, online process to solicit ideas for a renewed and bold 10-year vision to guide the . . . .

Going for the Gold
Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center achieves Gold LEED rating... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . . .

The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
The Department of the Interior is uniquely positioned to help millions of young Americans reconnect with our natural and cultural heritage, put thousands of young people to work . . . .

America's Great Outdoors
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the Administration's action plan, under the America's Great Outdoors initiative, to achieve lasting conservation of the outdoor spaces that power our nation's . . . .

Sherburne Environmental Education
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge doesn't let the weather or lack of Visitor Services facilities stop them from getting kids outside to enjoy nature... . . .div . . . . . .

World Wetlands Day at Gibraltar Carlson High School a Major Success!
Word Wetlands Day was celebrated on Feb. 9, 2011 at Gibraltar Carlson High School in Gibraltar, MI... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

Breaking the Ice: A Tradition at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
More than 500 area children and parents enjoyed a day on the ice at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin this February... . . .div . . . . . .

Ultralight-led Whooping Crane Found Dead in Alabama $6,000 Reward Offered for Information on the Killing of Whooping Crane 12-04
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a whooping crane reported by an Alabama conservation officer at Weiss Lake, in Cherokee County Ala., on . . . .

Feeding Waterfowl May be Harmful
Regular feeding can cause dependency on people for food, conflicts with people, and spread of disease... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . . .

Salazar Announces Additional Steps toward Smarter Development of Renewable Energy on U.S. Public Lands
WASHINGTON, DC . .– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced a number of initiatives designed to encourage rapid and responsible development of renewable energy on . . . .

Curing Cabin Fever III Geocaching Event at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge's Savanna District - March 26
Are you itching to get outside? Do you want to get your kids unglued from the TV and video games? Come to the Curing Cabin Fever III Geocaching . . . .

40th Anniversary of Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Celebrated at Gibraltar Carlson High School on World Wetlands Day – Feb 9, 2011
Gibraltar, Michigan, USA - World Wetlands Day will be celebrated on February 9th at Gibraltar Carlson High School with a Wetlands Expo (featuring displays from organizations dedicated to . . . .

Honoring an Influential Conservationist 2011 Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined MN Commissioner Tom Landwehr and MN DNR Director Dave Schad to welcome members of the waterfowl conservation community to the 2011 Minnesota . . . .

Honoring an Influential Conservationist: 2011 Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined MN Commissioner Tom Landwehr and MN DNR Director Dave Schad to welcome members of the waterfowl conservation community to the 2011 Minnesota . . . .

Sherburne Celebrates Winterfest 2011
For more than seventeen years the Friends of Sherburne and staff of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge have celebrated winter together with a day-long event filled with fun and . . . .

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership Releases Five Year Strategic Plan Moving Toward a Sustainable Eastern Migratory Population
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) today announces the release of a comprehensive Five Year Strategic Plan for the reintroduction of a migratory population of Whooping Cranes to . . . .

Bat tests positive for white-nosed fungus
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have received confirmation that a bat found in a southern Indiana cave has tested positive . . . .

Fishers and Farmers Partnership Receives Stry Foundation Funding
The Paul E. Stry Foundation of La Crosse, Wis. has awarded funds to Fishers and Farmers Partnership to implement communications strategies in 2011. The funds will expand the . . . .

Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Names New Science Coordinator
The Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) has named Michael M. Olson as the new science coordinator for the LCC. . . .div . . . . . . .

Reward fund now at $20,800 GEORGIA DNR BOARD PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF INVESTIGATING WHOOPING CRANE KILLING
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 27, 2011) . .– The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board passed a resolution today supporting the investigation of the recent killing of . . . .

40th Anniversary of Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Celebrated at Gibraltar Carlson High School on World Wetlands Day – February 2, 2011
Gibraltar, Michigan, USA . .– World Wetlands Day will be celebrated on February 2nd at Gibraltar Carlson High School with a Wetlands Expo (featuring displays from organizations . . . .

Local Fisheries Friends Group and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Offices Team up to Sponsor Kids Ice Fishing Event on Saturday, February 5, 2010
Media are invited to enjoy a day on the ice with excited youth as they gain ice fishing tips from the experts, and then put them into practice . . . .

Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium pays tribute to conservation leader at Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show in February 2011
The thirteenth annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show from a.m. . .– p.m., on Saturday, February 5, 2011 . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Freshwater Mussels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the sheepnose and the spectaclecase, two freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern . . . .

Working with Tribes in the Midwest Region to Fulfill Our Federal Trust Responsibilities
The Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region recently developed a new video as a tool to help our employees better understand our trust responsibilities as a federal agency . . . .

Midwest Region Welcomes New Dive Officer
After 10 years of leadership Nick Rowse from the Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office is stepping down as the Regional Dive Officer and handing the regulator over . . . .

Regional Director Meets Iowa DNR Director Lande
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius spent time discussing partnership efforts with Iowa DNR Director Roger Lande, during a January Trip To Iowa . . .div . . . . . . .

Regional Director Travels to DeSoto NWR
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius took a closer look at history during a visit to DeSoto NWR, home of the 1865-era Steamboat Bertrand discovery site and it's treasure . . . .

Regional Director's Visit to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius visited Neal Smith NWR in Jan. 2011 to learn more about the important management actives happening in the winter season and learned that . . . .

Balancing Use and Conservation of Protected Birds: The Migratory Bird Permits Program
Jason Mercado has always had an affinity for the outdoors, whether playing sports during his eight years in the military, or hiking Minnesota's trails. But he never knew . . . .

Common Tern Habitat Restoration Efforts Expanded on Belle Isle
The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have expanded their efforts to restore common tern . . . .

Endangered Whooping Cranes were Killed by Gunshot Near Albany, Georgia -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers $12,500 Reward for Information on Shooting
Wildlife scientists at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, have concluded through preliminary testing the cranes found dead near Albany, Georgia, on Dec. 30, . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopens comment period on proposed critical habitat designation for endangered Tumbling Creek Cavensail invites comment on draft economic analysis
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the public comment period on its June 2010 proposal to designate 25 acres as critical habitat in Taney County, Missouri, . . . .

Dam removal sparks fish passage restoration effort in Cleveland metro area watershed
The Euclid Creek East Branch Dam in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was successfully removed this past December, restoring stream flow for the first time since the dam was constructed . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment on Farming and the Use of Glyphosate-tolerant Corn and Soybeans on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands
The Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is inviting public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment that considers two 1) the use of row . . . .

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Control of Common Weed (Phragmites Australis) in Coastal Region of Western Lake Erie
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed management actions . . . .

Wildlife Agencies Investigating the Deaths of Three Whooping Cranes in South Georgia
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the suspicious deaths of three whooping cranes in south Georgia... . . .div . . . .

Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society Honors Margaret Anderson with 2010 Minnesota Award
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Manager Maggie Anderson was recognized by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society for her contributions to the field of conservation and received the . . . .

Happy New Year!
Start the New Year off with a bang by investing in your National Wildlife Refuges through Federal and Junior Duck Stamps! . . .div . . . . . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois DNR Applaud Release of Illinois Birds: A Century of Change
The Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) applaud the release of the Illinois Natural History Survey . .’s Illinois A Century of Change, a publication summarizing . . . .

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Eagle Days Celebration
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge staff, volunteers and community partners welcomed crowds for the 32nd Annual Eagles event, Dec. 3-5, 2010... . . .div . . . . . . . .

Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge
Jay Steele of Missouri Department of Conservation discussing cave management with Tom Melius and Ben Mense. Photo by Ryan Aylesworth/USFWS... . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Bald Eagle Shot Near Ravinia, South Dakota Reward Offered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of . . . .

Sport Fish Restoration dollars support coastal wetlands and endangered species along northern Door Peninsula
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius announced today the award of $250,000 to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conserve coastal wetlands . . . .

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment caution Michigan drivers on bald eagle mortality due to rising vehicular trauma
LANSING, MICH. - The Service and Michigan DNRE urge drivers to use caution this travel season as bald eagles may be present on or near roadways. Bald eagle . . . .

Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at First Wintering Destination in Florida
Five endangered whooping cranes and their surrogate parents, three ultralight aircraft, arrived on Wednesday at their wintering grounds in Florida after a trek of more than 1,000 miles . . . .

The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District Says Farewell to Kevin Brennan
After thirty-six years, Kevin Brennan is retiring from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the Project Leader for the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District. Ever-present as . . . .

Bill McCoy Recognized as Land Steward of the Year
The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) recognized Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bill McCoy as their Land Steward of the Year during its Third Annual Green Policy Forum . . . .

Status of Wolves in the Western Great Lakes Under the Endangered Species Act
Based on the success of the Endangered Species Act in helping the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes region recover to healthy levels, the U.S. Fish . . . .

Indiana Beagle Club Fined for Pole Trapping Birds of Prey
A beagle club based in Underwood, Ind., paid $9,450 in fines to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to satisfy federal violations of the illegal take and . . . .

Minnesota DNR Praised by USFWS for Invasive Species Efforts
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANS Task Force) recently recognized the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) for their . . . .

Results of the 13th Annual Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges Photo Contest
The 2009 Photo Contest Best of Show was awarded to Mic Barnes of Clinton, Iowa for her photo, Indigo Berries... . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Public Comment Invited on Draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment of the Cumulative Impacts of the Hunting Program at Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is seeking public comment on a draft Hunt Plan addressing the opening of newly acquired properties within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie . . . .

Secretary Salazar Applauds President’s Nomination of Dan Ashe to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. . .—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today praised President Obama’s nomination of Dan Ashe to be the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife . . . .

Comment Period on Draft Hunting Plan Opens Today for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
A 30-day comment period for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge . .’s Draft Hunting Plan begins Dec. 3, 2010, and will run until Jan. 4, 2011. The hunting . . . .

Enhanced habitat for threatened fish, improved driving conditions for Dallas County residents: Recovery Act bridge replacement project complete in Southwest Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates today the completion of a new bridge within the Osage River Basin that will enhance habitat for the Federally threatened Niangua . . . .

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Recognized as 2010 Department of Interior Partners in Conservation for Working Lands Initiative
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten and six other MNDNR employees, Wayne Edgerton, Tabor Hoek, Kevin Kotts, Curt Vacek, Dennis Simon and Dave Schad have . . . .

Treasured Images
Whooping crane (Federally endangered) pair feed and rest at Patokah River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana on their migration south... . . .div . . . . . . . . .

USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation program provides $1 million for conservation and restoration of Clough Island near Duluth and Superior
Clough Island is a haven for the lake sturgeon, migratory birds and native wildlife where the St. Louis River meets Lake Superior... . . .div . . . . . . .

Celebrating Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 50th Anniversary in Minnesota
Join Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 for an Arctic Blast! Staff will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge right . . . .

Keystone Hatcheries Pleads Guilty to Lacey Act Violation
HAMMOND, Ind. . .—On Nov. 17, 2010 Keystone Hatcheries (KSH) agreed to plead guilty to one count of violating the Lacey Act in the U.S. District Court, Northern . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Input on Developing Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host an open house Tuesday, December 7, 2010, to gather comments and answer questions about development of a Habitat Conservation Plan . . . .

Tenth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida Zooms into Kentucky
Eleven young whooping cranes have completed more than one-third of their migration from Wisconsin to Florida. . . They flew into Kentucky from Illinois today, landing in Union . . . .

Old School House Closing Loss for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and Community
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is losing a vital part of its visitor services program, as the Old School House has been closed. A health and safety audit was . . . .

Fostering a Sense of Wonder in Minnesota: David Ellis Receives the National 2010 Sense of Wonder Award
David Ellis, Instructional Systems Specialist for the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District . .’s Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC), was honored with the 2010 Sense of Wonder award . . . .

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Celebrates Visitor Center Grand Opening: Ribbon Cutting and Open House on December 9
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in southwest Missouri will host the grand opening of its state-of-the-art visitor center on Thursday, . . . .

First Mass Marking Season Nearing Completion with more than 5.3 million fish tagged for stocking in Great Lakes
4.2 million Lake trout and 1.1 million Chinook salmon were tagged this year at Federal and state fish hatcheries in the Great Lakes region thanks to two new . . . .

Chinese Delegation Visit
The Midwest Region welcome fellow biologists from China for an Information Exchange and Capacity Building (Wildlife Without Borders Program) visit Nov. 1-12, 2010... . . .div . . . . . .

Fall Migration, Art of the Wild Show and Owl Prowl Highlight Weekend Events at DeSoto NWR
MISSOURI VALLEY, IOWA - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host its 11th Annual Art of the Wild Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21 from . . . .

Muzzleloader Season at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
During the Minnesota Muzzleloader deer season, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge will be open to public hunting for deer with legal muzzleloader in accordance with State law. The . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates 25 Years of the Coastal Program
The U.S. Fish Wildlife Service . .’s Coastal Program is celebrating its 25th year of conserving coastal wetlands and habitats for fish and wildlife across the country. The . . . .

Outstanding Skills in Closing the Deal
Lois Lawson . .’s "outstanding skills, positive 'can do' attitude, responsiveness and a true sense of customer helped her win the 2010 Rudolph Dieffenbach Award. Lawson is a . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for FY 2011 Endangered Species Grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts . . . .

Anne Sittauer Honored by Department of Interior with 2010 Safety Award of Excellence
Anne Sittauer, Refuge Manager for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, received the Department of Interior . .’s (DOI) most prestigious safety and health award Nov. 10, 2010, for her . . . .

Additional Public Access to Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) has opened a new vehicle parking area at the Cora Island Unit in . . . .

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Grand Opening
Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future Thursday, December 9, 2010 . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Freshwater Mussels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the rayed bean and the snuffbox, two freshwater mussels found in river systems in the . . . .

Partners Working for Great Lakes Fisheries Conservation Receive Department of Interior's Partners in Conservation Award - October 2010
Bob Adair, Sea Lamprey Control and Management Program, accepts award on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. . . The Partners in Conservation Award is a . . . .

Big Muddy Sessions
Life in a Missouri River Chute. Tuesday November 9th at 7PM at Les Bourgeois Bistro Rocheport, MO . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

Wildlife Crimes Don't Pay
Iowa Guide Sentenced to Prison for Wildlife, Fraud and Tax Violations . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . .

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge GLRI Lake Sturgeon
Sixteen lake sturgeon that were raised from eggs collected at the Fighting Island constructed spawning reef in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will be tagged for science . . . .

Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Control To be Featured on Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs
Discovery Channel star Mike Rowe visits the region to help control the noxious predator . November 2, 2010, Discovery Host Mike Rowe . . .div . . . . . . .

Comments sought on plan to combat deadly white-nose syndrome in bats
White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast and has spread to 11 or more states in less than four years since its discovery . . . .

Tenth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida
Eleven young whooping cranes yesterday began their ultralight-led migration from central Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). This is the tenth group of birds to take part in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it is accepting 2011 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the . . . .

Disabled Access Deer Hunt at Rice Lake National Willdife Refuge
The 4th annual deer hunt by persons with disabilities was held at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, McGregor, Minn. Oct. 7 . .– 10, 2010. Seventeen hunters . . . .

Two Scotland County Men Sentenced On Charges Arising Out of Federal Wildlife Violations
St. Louis, The United States Attorney's Office announced today that two Scotland County men have been sentenced on multiple federal wildlife violations, including illegally shooting a bald eagle . . . .

USFWS Approves Camp Atterbury/Putnamville Land Exchange Project
On Oct. 18, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Deputy Regional Director Charles Wooley signed off on the Camp Atterbury/Putnamville Land Exchange Project in a recognition ceremony with . . . .

Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Indiana Land Exchange Available
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Military Department of . . . .

10/10/10 for 10! Celebrating Working Wetlands
Wetlands around the globe were hubs of small celebrations as people came out in support of working wetlands and the special designation for the Upper Mississippi River Floodplain . . . .

Nature Rocks at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge
On September 25 Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge hosted a Nature Rocks Day (Public Lands Day) event for families and youth naturalists... . . .div . . . . . . .

The New Neosho National Fish Hatchery's Visitor Center
The Neosho National Fish Hatchery in southwest Missouri will hold the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art Visitor Center in December 2010... . . .div . . . . . . .

USFWS Office of Law Enforcement Partners with Industry to Protect Trumpeter Swans
1,000 "swan have begun being installed on several miles of high-voltage "transmission" power lines that cross the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on the Mississippi River... . . .div . . . .

Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders
Eleven young whooping cranes were released October 25 on central Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The cranes are part of the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) project conducted by . . . .

Regional Director Tom Melius visits staff from Ludington Biological Station
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's responsibility of implementing control efforts in the Great Lakes is shared by the Marquette Biological Station on the eastern shore of Lake . . . .

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Youth Hunt
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Middle River, Minn. also sponsored a mentored youth waterfowl hunt Sept. 17 and 18th, partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the MN DNR... . . . . .

Federal Agencies Partner with Industry to Protect Trumpeter Swans - Ameren Missouri Begins Installing 1,000 'Swan Diverters' on Power Lines
Ameren Missouri, with oversight from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), have begun installing 1,000 swan diverters on several . . . .

New Media is here!
Find out how you can keep up with the Midwest Region on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and more! . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Host Public Open House Events for a Potential National Wildlife Refuge along Wisconsin and Illinois Border
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting several open house events to request input from the public on the possible establishment of a national wildlife refuge . . . .

Planning for the Future of Hamden Slough NWR Begins with Open House on October 7
Area residents and everyone interested in the future of Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is invited to attend an open house centered on the Refuge . .’s . . . .

Tenth Annual Whooping Crane & Wildlife Festival
Join us for a day of bird and wildlife seminars, youth activities, arts and crafts, raffles, silent auctions, food and live entertainment... . . .div . . . . . . .

Regional Director Tom Melius helps a youth hunter scout a location
Young hunters, mentors and parents came out for a morning of duck hunting at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .

Migratory Waterfowl Habitat and Associated Habitat in the Midwest Benefit from nearly $4 Million under the North American Wetland Conservation Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region announced today nearly $4 million in federal grants will support four projects to benefit wetlands and associated waterfowl habitat in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Makes Initial Finding on Petitions to Remove Endangered Species Act Protection for Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that four petitions to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin contain substantial information . . . .

Connecting Children & Nature Conference
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Service Awards More Than $4.7 Million for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today more than $4.7 million in federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it is accepting 2011 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish habitat under the Great Lakes . . . .

Congratulations to State Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator of the Year Mara Koenig!
Last year, 1105 students participated in the Junior Duck Stamp program in Minnesota, more than any other state in our Region, and Minnesota . .’s participation was third . . . .

75 Years of History at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge staff, Friends of Rice Lake Refuge and members of the Ojibwe band celebrated the 75th anniversary of Rice Lake Refuge... . . .div . . . .

Grady Mann- A Conservation Hero
Fans and supporters of wetlands came together to honor the work of Grady Mann, father of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Small Wetland Acquisition Program... . . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status for the Ozark Hellbender Species is among the world’s largest salamanders
Citing threats that could lead to extinction of one of the world . .’s largest salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Ozark . . . .

Work Begins Soon on Grassy Island Evaluation
Workers will begin evaluating Grassy Island to determine the effectiveness of various measures in containing contaminated material on the island, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. . . . .

New Alternative Developed for Swan Lake NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Comment Period Begins
he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new preferred alternative for future management of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) as part of the comprehensive conservation . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service To Provide Limited Endangered Species Act Protections for the Shovelnose Sturgeon
The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined it is necessary to treat the shovelnose sturgeon as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act) due to . . . .

Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Fledge in Wisconsin
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is celebrating another success in its efforts to reintroduce a wild migratory whooping crane population in eastern North America. Two wild-hatched whooping . . . .

Funds will Enhance Great Lakes Coastal Habitats and Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide $400,000 under its Coastal Program as part of a partnership to conserve fish, wildlife and habitat across the Great Lakes . . . .

Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
The Oklahoma grass pink orchid may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of . . . .

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Visitor Center Grand Re-opening
Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, congratulates racers at the official wader race at the grand re-opening of the Bloomington Visitor Center at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge... . . . . .

USFWS announces more than $3.2 million in funding for Great Lakes fish and wildlife
Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Tom Melius, recently announced more than $3.2 million in Federal funding under the Great Lakes Fish and . . . .

Environmental Assessment for Site Improvements to Detour State Harbor – Village of Detour, Chippewa County, Michigan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Reintroduction of Non-migratory Whooping Cranes into Southwest Louisiana
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today in the Federal Register it is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to reintroduce the endangered whooping crane into . . . .

Location of August 26 Open House at Boyer Chute NWR Changed Due to Area Flood
The location of an August 26 open house for Boyer Chute NWR has been moved to the Fort Calhoun City Hall. The open house was originally scheduled at . . . .

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge Blair Schools Outdoor Education Partnership
Through the Blair/DeSoto Environmental Education Partnership, students meet curriculum standards in core and exploratory subject areas while learning in an authentic, place-based experience at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge... . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Names Richard Leopold as Midwest Region Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Mr. Richard Leopold has been selected as the Midwest Region . .’s Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications. Leopold . . . .

Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Halvorson tour Illinois River with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois DNR to Learn about Asian Carp
On August 9, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) organized a site visit and boat tour of a section the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park . . . .

First Waterfowl From Kalamazoo River Oil Spill to be Released Wednesday
The first group of rehabilitated birds, rescued from the oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, will be released at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta. Depending on . . . .

Comprehensive Conservation Planning Begins at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge staff at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Fort Calhoun, Neb., are beginning work on a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). The first step of the 2-year . . . .

Phesants Forever hosted a dedication for Pelican Lake Waterfowl Production Area, Tuesday August 3rd
Community residents from around Pelican Lake, along with US Fish and Wildlife Service staff, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Wright County Commissioners shared in the good weather . . . .

Bring the Family to Celebrate Prairie Fun Day August 14th at Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District
The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is hosting a celebration of the prairie on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at . .– pm at Hamden Slough National Wildlife . . . .

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: FIRST REHABILITATED WILDLIFE TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Two rehabilitated soft-shell turtles will be released today into their new home at Binder Park Zoo. The turtles were recovered by wildlife crews as part of the Kalamazoo . . . .

FWS Articulates Role in Oil Spill Recovery Operations
In the initial stages of the Enbridge oil spill response, U.S. Fish . .& . . Wildlife Service specialists were among the first wave of responders. . . . .

Bring the Family to Celebrate Prairie Fun Day
The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is hosting a celebration of the prairie on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at . .– pm at Hamden Slough National Wildlife . . . .

Michigan Oil Spill Response
Members of the Wildlife recovery operations flush a Canada Goose at the recovery center in Marshall, MI... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . . .

FWS Crews Assist in MI Oil Spill Response
Members of the Wildlife recovery operations flush a Canada Goose, at the recovery center in Marshall, MI, July 28, 2010... . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Crews Break Ground On Missouri ARRA Project Benefitting The Federally Threatened Niangua Darter and Travellers Alike
A rare fish in need of better habitat and a Dallas County road in need of a better bridge have become entwined in a unique project that will . . . .

Secretary Salazar to Preview New Duck Stamp Product and Visit Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge
Memphis, TN . .— Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be in Memphis, Tennessee to highlight efforts undertaken by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and partners . . . .

Area of Concern for Wintering Ducks Banded in Midwest Region
Migratory birds at risk from the Gulf Coast Oil Spill... . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .img . . . ./img . . . . .

Fish Habitat in the Midwest Benefits from More Than $1 Million in Funding to Protect Against Effects of Climate Change
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius announced today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide $548,571 to support 13 fish habitat projects in eight Midwestern states under the . . . .

Environmental Assessment for Statewide Public Water Access Development Available for Comment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is seeking comments from the public on a draft generic Environmental Assessment . . . .

A Compatibility Determination for commercial filming on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is available for a 14-day public review
A Compatibility Determination for commercial filming on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is available for a 14-day public review beginning July 20th, 2010. Comments must be received in . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Drafting New Management Alternative for Swan Lake NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is responding to community concerns about the Swan Lake NWR Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) by creating a new alternative for . . . .

Wisconsin Statewide Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan is Renewed
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved Wisconsin . .’s updated conservation plan and request to renew the state’s incidental take permit for the endangered Karner blue . . . .

Federal Duck Stamps - A Conservation Tradition
For the first time since 2005, the Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting the Duck Stamp Challenge -- a fun competition among regions that gives all of us . . . .

Midwest Region CAD Team Leads Way in ARRA Contract Execution
Cheers may have echoed as the Region learned it would receive $28.5 million for more than 70 ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) projects, but those likely also . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Develops Strategy to Help Waterfowl and other Migratory Birds Weather the Gulf Coast Oil Spill
WASHINGTON . .— In a few weeks, millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds will soon begin their fall migration to wintering and stopover habitat along the . . . .

Nancy Haugen Honored by American Recreation Coalition’s Legends Award
Nancy Haugen, recently retired Visitor Services Manager from Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, received national recognition June 10, 2010 for her 15 year commitment to recreation, visitor services and . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Critical Habitat for the Endangered Tumbling Creek Cavesnail
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 25 acres in southwestern Missouri as critical habitat for the endangered Tumbling Creek cavesnail. The proposal includes Tumbling . . . .

Service Announces First Day of Sale for 2010-2011 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the First Day of Sale for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp on June 25 at the . . . .

Basin-wide Fisheries Management: Mass Marking in the Great Lakes
This technique that has been successfully used in the Northwest for marking hatchery-reared Pacific salmon, and is known as . .& . since millions of fish are . . . .

Nearly $1.7 Million for Wetlands Acquisition and Restoration in the Midwest
Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tom Melius announced today more than $665,000 in funding under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small . . . .

Six Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Currently Being Raised by Reintroduced Crane Pairs in Wisconsin!
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partn ership . .’s efforts to establish a self-sustaining population of migratory whooping cranes in the Eastern Flyway had a great boost this year . . . .

Families Celebrate the Outdoors at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Nearly 200 people ventured out to Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, June 4th for the fourth annual Family Fun Day celebration. Visitors braved the rainy weather, . . . .

By the Numbers: Five New Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch in the Wild!
Whooping Crane nesting season has officially ended here in Wisconsin. Three late-season nests and four renests have left us with six Whooping Crane chicks on and around Necedah . . . .

Iowa and Michigan Receive Nearly $1.6 million to Support Species of Greatest Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .– Midwest Region announced recently that nearly $1.6 million in grants will be going to state fish and wildlife agencies . . . .

Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled: The Future of Using Roundup Ready Crops and Farming on National Wildlife Refuges
A public scoping meeting will be held to discuss use of glyphosate tolerant corn and soybeans on National Wildlife Refuge lands in 16 States in the Mountain-Prairie and . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Approved Endangered Species Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is pleased to announce the approval of over $850,000 in grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) aimed at supporting . . . .

Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Two whooping crane chicks hatched Monday June 3rd at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin. This is only the third time in over a century that naturally produced whooping . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Approved Grants for Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership are pleased to announce the approval of over $1 million in grants aimed . . . .

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge goes gold The Conservation Fund Announces First Gold Level Project in U.S. Under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standards, Second Edition
POPLAR BLUFF, MO . .—The Conservation Fund, in partnership with U.S. Fish . .& . . Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Environmental Synergy Inc. (ESI), announced today that . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Develop Environmental Impact Statement On Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan Process for Ohio Wind Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the effects on endangered Indiana bats of issuing an incidental take permit under the . . . .

Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is celebrating another success in its efforts to reintroduce a wild migratory whooping crane population in eastern North America. Two whooping crane . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Says Lake Erie Watersnake Has Recovered; Proposes Removing Endangered Species Act Protection
The Lake Erie watersnake, a harmless species once threatened with extinction, has rebounded to the point that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the . . . .

Celebrate Endangered Species Day with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Zoo
In celebration of Endangered Species Day 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host an interactive display at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley Friday, May 21 . . . .

Endangered Necedah
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 21, an opportunity to raise . . . .

Patrolling to Protect the Pallid Sturgeon
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 21, an opportunity to raise . . . .

The Niangua Darter – In Missouri, What’s Good for the Fish Can Be Good for the Farm
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 21, an opportunity to raise . . . .

Conserving an Endangered Ecosystem: The Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 21, an opportunity to raise . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 21, an opportunity to raise . . . .

Public Comment Invited on a New Environmental Assessment for Double-crested Cormorant Management in Michigan
Federal agencies are requesting public input on a new Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding Double-crested Cormorant damage management in Michigan. The new analysis will replace an EA completed in . . . .

Jordan River ARRA Ground Breaking Event
The Jordan River National Fish Hatchery in (NFH) Elmira, Mich., broke ground on Friday, May 14 to to mark the beginning of hatchery improvement projects funded by the . . . .

Local Fisheries' Friends Group and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Offices Team up to Sponsor Kids Fishing Event on Saturday May 22, 2010
Media are invited to enjoy a day alongside the Mississippi River with excited youth as they gain fishing tips from the experts, and then put them into practice . . . .

Visitors Help Refuge Officers Nab Convicted Felon
Quick response and thorough detective work by Refuge Officers and Missouri Department of Conservation Agents built a case that ended March 23, 2010 with the conviction and sentencing . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Finding of No Significant Impact for Proposed Asian Carp Actions
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for an Addendum to the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Asian carp control in the . . . .

$1.8 million in grants awarded to protect and restore Great Lakes wetlands and wildlife habitat
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and Northeast Regional Director Marvin Moriarty jointly announced today the approval of $1.8 million in grants aimed at . . . .

Ohio Youth Wins the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a single hooded merganser was selected to appear on the 2010-2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Study Potential National Wildlife Refuge Along Wisconsin and Illinois Border
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently decided it would conduct a study to determine if the establishment of a national wildlife refuge in several counties along the . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Employees among Civil Servant Honorees
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees Dan Dearborn and Jeff Gosse are among federal employees selected as Civil Servants of the Year in Minnesota by the Federal Executive . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Invites Comment on Applications for Permits for Wolf Activities in Michigan and Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on applications for permits from the states of Michigan and Wisconsin to conduct research, monitoring and management of gray . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Science Museum of Minnesota to Host the 2010 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest on April 23, 2010
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold the 2010 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest at a.m. on April 23, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. . . . .

Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Ribbon Cutting Event
More than 400 attendees explored the new Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Michigan on Friday, April 9 during a ribbon cutting and open house event... . . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revises Critical Habitat for Endangered Dragonfly
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a revised designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly. That revised designation . . . .

Jordan River NFH Breaks Ground for Recovery Act Project Work: Open House and Groundbreaking Ceremony to be held May 14
The Jordan River National Fish Hatchery in (NFH) Elmira, Mich., invites the public and media to an open house and groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 14 to mark . . . .

“State of the Birds” Report Shows Climate Change Impacts to Wetland, Grassland and Forest Birds of the Midwest
Climate change threatens to further imperil hundreds of species of migratory birds, already under stress from habitat loss, invasive species and other environmental threats, a new report released . . . .

Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Ribbon Cutting Event
More than 400 school children, educators, community members and congressional staffers explored the new Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Michigan on Friday, April 9 during a . . . .

GO ZERO PROGRAM PLANTS ITS ONE-MILLIONTH TREE The Conservation Fund reaches milestone donation to US Fish and Wildlife Service with restoration of 367 acres in Missouri
Poplar Bluff, MO . .—One Midwest Region National Wildlife Refuge is getting a big boost toward its habitat restoration goals with the donation of more than 100,000 native . . . .

Secretary Salazar Announces Nearly $66 Million in Grants to Conserve Habitat of Threatened and Endangered Species. Six Midwest States to Receive Funding.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced nearly $66 million in grants to enable 25 states to work with private landowners, conservation organizations and other partners to . . . .

Recovery Plan Outlines Steps to Help Rare Mussel
Actions needed to recover the endangered scaleshell mussel are outlined in a recovery plan now available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once a wide-ranging species, scaleshell . . . .

Biologist Kraig McPeek Wins National Award For Endangered Species Work in Iowa
Kraig McPeek, former project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Iowa Private Lands Office, is one of 18 winners of a national award recognizing . . . .

Alpena FWCO Ribbon Cutting and Open House to be held April 9
The Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) in Michigan will open its new facility to the public and media on Friday, April 9, for a ribbon cutting . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $1 Million to States For Wolf Livestock Compensation Project
Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive grants . . The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $1 million in grants that will be distributed to 10 states under . . . .

Field Crews Announce February - March Sampling Results in Chicago Area Waterway System
CHICAGO - Over the last six weeks, field crews from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and U.S. Army Corps of . . . .

Go Zero Program Plants its One-Millionth Tree
The Conservation Fund reaches milestone donation to US Fish and Wildlife Service with restoration of 367 acres in Missouri . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .

Midwesterners Receive National Endangered Species Recovery Champion Awards
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould today announced the 18 recipients of the 2009 Recovery Champion award. Among them are the International Crane Foundation in . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show and Winners
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Nick Buchal, age 16 of Mahtomedi today won Best of Show in the Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest out of more . . . .

Flood Recovery Efforts in the Midwest
The Midwest Region is both preparing for and participating in flood recovery efforts with other national and state agencies. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . .

Controlled Burning Season begins at St. Croix Wetland Management District
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service natural resource professionals are preparing for the start of the controlled burning season. From late March to mid June, staff at the U.S. . . . .

Go Zero Program Plants its One-Millionth Tree
Poplar Bluff, MO . .—One Midwest Region National Wildlife Refuge is getting a big boost toward its habitat restoration goals with the donation of more than 100,000 native . . . .

Smoke in the air is a sign that prescribed burn season has begun in Wisconsin
From April through mid-June and mid-October through mid-November, fire crews and specialized equipment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Leopold Wetland Management District, in Portage, . . . .

More Than $683,000 in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grants Awarded to Tribes in the Midwest Region
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region recently announced funding for four Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $683,927 through the Service . .’s Fiscal Year 2010 . . . .

Secretary Salazar Announces $2 Million in Wetlands Grants for Migratory Waterfowl in Indiana and Iowa
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $2 million in grants aimed at protecting and restoring 7,107 acres of wetlands . . . .

Comments Sought on Revisions to Statewide Conservation Plan and Renewal Of Incidental Take Permit for Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment and revised statewide habitat conservation plan for the endangered Karner blue butterfly in Wisconsin. . . . .

$13.4 Million Awarded To States in Midwest Region to Conserve Imperiled Fish and Wildlife
Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced recently that $13.4 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of the Midwestern states including Illinois, Indiana, . . . .

Alpena FWCO Ribbon Cutting and Open House to be held April 9
The Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) in Michigan will open its new facility to the public and media on Friday, April 9, for a ribbon cutting . . . .

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Cycle of Success Continues with Nearly $164 Million to States for Fish and Wildlife Projects in Midwest
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced recently nearly $164 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio . . . .

National Kids’ Art Contest Highlights Importance of Endangered Species
Youngsters around the country will celebrate Endangered Species Day 2010 by entering the Endangered Species Art contest. The art contest is part of the fifth annual national Endangered . . . .

Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge “Boomer Blind” Available for the Public[Untitled]
A prairie chicken viewing blind is available to the public on Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge. From the blind, observers can see the spectacular annual mating ritual of . . . .

West Virginia Company awarded $150,000 in Sport Fish Restoration Act funding to complete habitat condition assessments in the Midwest
Maryville, MO. . .– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in association with the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) and Midwest Fish Habitat Partnerships, . . . .

Service Mourns Loss of Director Sam Hamilton
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Reward Offered for Information on Bald Eagle Shot Near Good Hope, Illinois
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who recently shot an immature . . . .

Official Number of Protected Migratory Bird Species Climbs to More than 1,000
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould today announced revisions to the list of bird species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Species appearing . . . .

Service Mourns Loss of Director Sam Hamilton
& . . .” Leader a Career 30-year Service Employee The conservation world lost one of its most dynamic leaders Saturday, as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam . . . .

Unveiling the Future
The La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife . .& . . Fish Refuge recently celebrated the award of a contract to Arrowhead Contracting . . . .

Service Announces Firearms Rule Change for Possession in National Wildlife Refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that effective February 22, 2010, the rules governing possession of firearms on National Wildlife Refuges will change as a result . . . .

Ford, ACH Donation Adds 240 Acres of Wetlands to Detroit River International Wildlife Heritage
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 16, 2010 . .– Ford Motor Company and Automotive Components Holdings LLC today announced the donation of 242 acres of unique coastal wetlands in . . . .

Sampling Efforts to Net Asian Carp on Chicago Area Waterway System to Start this Week
IDNR, USFWS to begin traditional searching near warm water discharges . . CHICAGO - Fisheries biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish . . . .

Federal Officials Unveil Aggressive Strategy to Reduce Threat of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON . .– Federal officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Coast Guard today . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wind Farm Owners Work Together
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the owners of the Fowler Ridge I Wind Farm in Benton County, Ind. have announced they are working together to develop . . . .

Humbug Marsh Will Become Michigan's First Wetland of International Importance Under the Ramsar Convention
Gibraltar, Michigan . .– The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. National Ramsar Committee are pleased to . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begins Environmental Review of Proposed Ohio Wind Energy Facility and Habitat Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gathering information for a review under the National Environmental Policy Act of a proposed wind power project in Ohio, and of . . . .

Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Final Wintering Destination in Florida
Ten endangered whooping cranes arrived yesterday on their wintering grounds at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Citrus County, Florida. The other 10 . .& . . . . .

Humbug Marsh will become Michigan's first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention
We have really big news for the Refuge and our region. Humbug Marsh will become Michigan's first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar Convention . . . .

Illinois man convicted of doing ‘devastating harm’ to prehistoric Native American archeological site
Sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, 500 hours community service, five years probation, and $150,326 restitution in case involving more than 13,000 artifacts . . A Union County man was . . . .

Agencies accelerate action in response to new test results suggesting Asian carp presence in Calumet Harbor
(Chicago) . .– The multi-agency Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) has received information from the University of Notre Dame about one positive environmental DNA result for . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Public Comment Period for the Proposed Rule To Provide Endangered Species Act Protections for the Shovelnose Sturgeon
Comment Period Extended Until February 4, 2010 . . The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reopen on January 13, 2010, the public comment period for the proposal . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Investigating Wolf Killings in Three States
The U.S. Fish . .& . . Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, is investigating 16 incidents of wolves being killed illegally in November and December of . . . .

Improvements at DeSoto NWR
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded Barry Larson . .& . . Son Inc, Omaha, Nebraska, . . . .

Improvements at Mingo NWR and Upper Mississippi River NW&FR LaCrosse District
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the USFWS has awarded two grants for Visitor Center construction projects. One at Mingo NWR, Missouri (pictured), and the . . . .

Improvements at DeSoto NWR, Iowa
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the USFWS has awarded Barry Larson . .& . . Son Inc, Omaha, Nebraska, a $960,000 contract for . . . .

Improvements at Mingo NWR and Upper Mississippi River NW&FR LaCrosse District
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded two grants for Visitor Center construction projects. One of those projects . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $1 Million for Coastal Wetlands Restoration in Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently awarded $1,000,000 to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to support the acquisition of 468 acres of coastal wetlands adjacent to . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $266,853 for Restoration of Illinois Coastal Wetland
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently awarded $266,853 to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to support the restoration of wetland habitat in Cook County adjacent to . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Request for Proposals for Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced a request for project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish habitat under the Great Lakes Basin . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Reward for Information on Wolf Killings in Minnesota
The U.S. Fish . .& . . Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of . . . .

With Anonymous Contribution, Reward for Information on Shooting of Whooping Crane in Indiana Reaches $10,000
A private citizen has pledged an additional $2,500 to the reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a . . . .

The Service Finds 67 Species May Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection, Further Study Planned Finding includes one insect found in Illinois
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the results of a 90-day finding on 192 species from a petition to list 475 species, mostly found in the . . . .

Donations Triple Reward for Information on Shooting of Whooping Crane Near Cayuga, Indiana
Contributions from two organizations have tripled the amount of a reward offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of . . . .

Endangered Whooping Crane, Prominent in Species Recovery Success Story, Found Shot Near Cayuga, Indiana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers $2,500 Reward for Information on Shooting . . . . Wildlife law enforcement agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) . . . .

Returning the Hills at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Mound City, Mo. is restoring the fragile loess hills with the assistance of several colleges, universities and the local community. Major . . . .

Cave closures likely key to slowing deadly white-nose syndrome spread
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area . . . .

Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium to be held during Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show February 2010
The twelfth annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show from a.m. . .– p.m., on Saturday, February 6, 2010 . . . .

Comment Period on Draft Hunting Plan for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Begins December 4
A 30-day comment period for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge . .’s Draft Hunting Plan will begin on December 4, 2009, and run until January 2, 2010. The . . . .

Asian Carp Rapid Response Project to begin on Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal
Canal will be closed beginning December 2 in support of electric barrier maintenance . . ROMEOVILLE, IL – The Asian Carp Rapid Response team will begin its work this . . . .

Climate Change Adds Challenges to Freshwater Mussel Conservation
Regional Director Tom Melius (center), joined members of the Twin Cities Field Office and Genoa National Fish Hatchery in a search for freshwater mussels in Minnesota this fall. . . . .

Missouri Reptile Dealer Sentenced for Making False Statements to Federal Agents
A Missouri reptile dealer was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2009, in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Springfield, Mo., for making false statements to U.S. Fish and . . . .

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Completes Repair on Shop Solar Heating System with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
It . .’s been a busy week in northwestern Minnesota with the final weekend of the deer hunting season coinciding with completion of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge . . . .

Kevin Foerster New Manager of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
After more than 22 years of working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in California, Kevin Foerster is migrating to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and . . . .

Ultralight Migration Leads 20 Endangered Whooping Cranes over the Skies of Illinois
Twenty juvenile whooping cranes reached Illinois today on their ultralight-guided migration from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in central Wisconsin to Chassahowitzka and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuges . . . .

Building A Career through Experience
A summer filled with beach cleanups, trimming trails, habitat restoration for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, and banding egrets and great blue herons is just the beginning for . . . .

Unveiling the Stories
It . .’s a crisp calm autumn morning while gathering program materials for a class of inner-city 1st graders. They are eagerly awaiting their morning field trip to . . . .

Morris Wetland Management District Going Green
Morris Wetland Management District (District) will be renovating their headquarters to a more effective and environmentally friendly heating and cooling system. The headquarters is one of first buildings . . . .

Energy Company, Migrating Birds Find Common Ground in Indiana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Conservation Fund announce grants to protect important wildlife habitat using funds from Rockies Express . . Indianapolis, IN (November 2, 2009) – . . . .

Barry Christenson Selected as District Manager for Windom Wetland Management District
Barry Christenson is returning home to the prairie to become the new District Manager for Windom Wetland Management District. Christenson will manage 13,000 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas, . . . .

Bruce Freske New Manager at Morris Wetland Management District
Bruce Freske recently began duties as the new manager of the Morris Wetland Management District. Bruce began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a student . . . .

Mark Vaniman New Refuge Manager At Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Mark Vaniman, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new refuge manager at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan. He began his new . . . .

Rick Schultz Selected as Midwest Region Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Rick Schultz has returned to the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish . .& . . Wildlife Service as the Chief of Refuges after a career move . . . .

Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders
Nine young whooping cranes were released October 24 on central Wisconsin . .’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The cranes are part of the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) project . . . .

Frank Stone, A FWS Family Story
Frank accredits his interest in conservation to his family, but also to the generation he grew up with on the West coast. As a teenager in the 1960s, . . . .

Ninth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida
Twenty young whooping cranes have begun their ultralight-led migration from central Wisconsin . .’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). This is the ninth group of birds to take . . . .

Youth Conservation Corps – An Experience to Last a Lifetime
A collection of youth in the Midwest found that banding geese and wading in a river collecting aquatic plants qualified as a summer job. . . . . . .

Midwest Disabled Hunts on Target
For disabled persons and the seemingly endless flow of community volunteers that eagerly offer their services and wares, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest National Wildlife Refuge . . . .

Ultralight-led whooping crane migration set to begin October 10
A tentative departure date of Oct. 10, 2009 has been set for the 2009 ultralight-led migration of twenty-one juvenile whooping cranes from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in . . . .

Agassiz Youth Deer Firearms Hunt - Oct. 17-18, 2009
A portion of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge will be open for the first time for the Youth Deer Hunt on October 17 and 18. Pre-hunt scouting is allowed . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service and Congressional Staff to Tour Aquatic Habitat Restoration Work in the Meramec – Lower Bourbeuse Watersheds
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in coordination with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership and private landowners, will host a congressional . . . .

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for the Shovelnose Sturgeon
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to treat the shovelnose sturgeon as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act) due to its similarity of appearance . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Final Rule Reinstating Endangered Species Act Protections for Western Great Lakes Wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule in the Federal Register acknowledging that Endangered Species Act protections are reinstated for the gray wolf in . . . .

Improved Eagle Management Program Helps to Incorporate Scientific Data, Identify Information Gaps
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a new program to issue two new types of permits that will be used to improve the management of bald . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comment on Draft Plan to Conserve Rare Mussels Near Quad Cities Nuclear Station in Illinois
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a draft plan that would address potential impacts from Quad Cities Nuclear Station to two at-risk species . . . .

$6 Million for Wetland Conservation in Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius announced today that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission voted to approve more than $6 million in federal funding . . . .

Salazar Announces Guidelines to Protect Endangered Indiana Bat from Surface Coal Mining Impacts
WASHINGTON, D.C. . .– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the availability of coal mining guidelines developed to conserve and protect the endangered Indiana bat. The . . . .

Midwest Jack Pine Symposium Connects Researchers, Foresters, and Wildlife Biologists across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
The first ever Midwest Jack Pine Symposium was held on August 25 and 26, 2009 in Odanah, Wisconsin and was attended by approximately 180 people from Wisconsin, Michigan, . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces Science Museum of Minnesota will host 2010 Junior Duck Stamp Contest
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul will host the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp Contest on April 23, . . . .

Video - Necedah NWR Visitor Center
Watch the unveiling of the architectural drawings and the ground breaking of the new Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. . . .div . . . . . . . . .

Congressman Ron Kind and Staff with Senators Kohl and Feingold Tour Aquatic Habitat Restoration Site and Attend Refuge Visitor Center Ground-Breaking Ceremony
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Wisconsin DNR and Trout Unlimited, hosted Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3) and congressional staff with Senators Kohl (WI) and . . . .

Video - Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar visits the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Watch the video of Secretary Salazar's visit to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refgue on August 9th, 2009. . . .div . . . . . .a . . . . .

Fish Habitat in Driftless Area Benefits from $1.2 Million in Funding
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than $300,000 will support fish habitat projects in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Iowa. An additional $899,589 in partner . . . .

Other FWS News Coverage - Researchers use insects to fight invasive plants (Minnesota Public Radio)
"St. Paul, Minn. . .— Minnesota has some new research efforts to find natural methods that will control invasive plants and insects. Slowing the spread of exotic plants . . . .

Other FWS News Coverage - Interview with Heidi Keuler on Thinking Green with Chris Schneider
Watch the interview with Heidi Keuler as she speaks about Asian Carp and the impact they could have on our ecosystem. . . .div . . . . . . . .

Secretary Salazar Announces $454,000 for Lake Michigan Coastal Habitat Restoration in Wisconsin; Partners Break Ground for Ozaukee County Project
Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust has received $454,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding supports . . . .

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Bald Eagle
Jerry Kronable, 26, of Hardin, Ill., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, in East St. Louis, Ill., to one violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act . . . .

Corps of Engineers increasing electric barrier operating parameters
Chicago - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it plans to increase the operating parameters for the electric fish dispersal barrier system in the Chicago . . . .

Endangered Piping Plover Chicks Make History - Three chicks are from first Illinois nest in 30 years
Three tiny chicks, rescued before hatching from the first piping plover nest found in Illinois in 30 years, were released August 7, 2009, at Sleeping Bear Dunes National . . . .

Secretary Salazar Tours Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Spotlights Recovery Act Projects, Youth Recreation
BLOOMINGTON, Mn . .– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today highlighted more than $286,000 in projects at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge funded under President Obama’s . . . .

Secretary Salazar Announces $3.75 Million for Construction of Neosho National Fish Hatchery Visitor Facility
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri will receive $3.75 million in funding to support the construction of a two-story, 9,200 . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dairyland Power Cooperative Plan to Dedicate Accessible Fishing Dock at the Genoa Hatchery on August 7th, 2009
Getting people involved in outdoor activities in a world filled with Wii's and PS2's is getting more and more challenging. And it may be harder still for people . . . .

At a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on July 17, Litchfield Wetland Management District Project Leader Scott Glup was honored as the 2009 Federal Land Manager of the Year.
Glup earned the award from Take Pride in America . .& . a nationwide partnership program authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our nation's . . . .

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chicago Field Supervisor John Rogner Appointed as Assistant Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources
John Rogner, long-time field supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Chicago Ecological Services Field Office has accepted an appointment as the assistant director of . . . .

Anglers to Benefit from Improved Accessibility at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 7th for a . . . .

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley donated $5,000 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Endangered Species Program during a presentation at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on July 7.
The donation was the result of a Wild Cats promotion, in which Guests could earn giveaways and donate to an important cause. . .& . found in . . . .

Neosho National Fish Hatchery Breaks Ground for New Energy Efficient Visitor Center
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . .’s Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in southwest Missouri, the nation’s oldest operational federal fish hatchery, hosted a ground breaking ceremony . . . .