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New leadership announced for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region are pleased to announce that Sarena Selbo will be the new project leader for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. Selbo has walked a diverse and far-ranging career path from places as far away as Alaska. Her experience at the field, regional and national levels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as her prior experience working at the state level, gives Selbo broad exposure to what makes national wildlife refuges relevant to all Americans.

Hooked on a hatchery: Discover the Great River Road

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:00
Three miles south of the small village of Genoa, Wisconsin straddling either side of the Great River Road Scenic Byway, otherwise known as Wisconsin State Highway 35, sits the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. Founded in 1932, the hatchery has played a major role in restoring a variety of aquatic species from imperiled mussels, to lake sturgeon and even the rare Hine’s emerald dragonfly. They’ve also been focused on educating people about the value of the Mississippi River, which flows just west of the hatchery. Now Genoa National Fish Hatchery is opening the doors of its new home to help visitors learn more about the importance of the river and the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Recognizing champions: Making a difference for threatened and endangered species

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pleased to announce the Midwest Region Recovery Champion Award winners for 2017. Each year we celebrate the contributions of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference for threatened and endangered species. Help us recognize this year’s winners and learn about how they support our continued work to recover America’s most threatened and endangered animals and plants.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 11 - 17, 2018

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features hummingbird migration, wildlife moms, monarch sightings and more!

Working with tribes: Airboat safety training on Mille Lacs Lake

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 09:00
As a federal agency, we have a distinct, unique obligation and opportunity to work with tribes based on trust responsibilities, treaty provisions and statutory mandates. We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service play an important role in supporting tribes as they exercise their sovereignty in the management of fish and wildlife resources on the more than 55 million acres of Federal Indian trust land and treaty reserved areas. Our staff work hand-in-hand with the 36 federally-recognized tribes in the Midwest Region providing resources and technical assistance in support of their natural resource management activities. One example is our recent efforts with the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe to provide airboat and water safety training to improve public safety preparedness and to expand their resource management capacities.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 4 - 10, 2018

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features oriole sightings, fox naps, tick season and more!

From hognose snakes to chorus frogs: Meredosia is more than a flyway

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:00
Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge is turning 45 today! Even though it’s relatively young compared with many national wildlife refuges, Meredosia has ties that date back to the 1930s. Help them celebrate by learning about what makes this flyway hotspot so special.

Tools of the trade: Kids get hands-on experience learning to solve wildlife crime

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:00
With all of the popularity over law enforcement TV shows like CSI, Law and Order and Criminal Minds, have you ever wondered what it’s really like to solve a crime? We welcomed 18 kids from the Twin Cities to go behind the scenes with us for a day and learn about some of the tools of our trade as federal wildlife officers. Check out the highlights from this year’s youth game warden camp.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 27 - May 3, 2018

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features songs of spring, baby bunnies, a team of eagles and more!

Interior Secretary Zinke announces grants to boost wetland, waterfowl conservation, access to public lands

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:00
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, approved $24.6 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners, April 25, to conserve, restore or enhance more than 176,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states. About $5 million of those grants will be spread among five Midwest Region habitat projects.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 20 - 27, 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features returning ospreys, rolling stones, chickadee cavities and more!

My two dads: Eagle trio sees parenting success in Illinois

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:00
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s true for wildlife too! Meet Valor I, Valor II and Starr, a breeding trio of bald eagles that live along the Mississippi River in Illinois. For several years, fans from all over the world have been watching this nontraditional family through a webcam as the eagles deal with the trials and tribulations of parenting.

Deer trafficking case helps limit spread of chronic wasting disease

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:00
We are focused on providing more access to quality hunting and fishing opportunities for all Americans. Part of our mission-critical work to make that possible lies in stopping the illegal commercialization of captive-bred white-tailed deer. Together with our counterparts in state wildlife management agencies across the country, we are slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease. Here’s a recent success story.

Youth from Missouri and Indiana place second and third in National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:00
Two 17-year-olds from the Midwest Region claimed the second and third place honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp contest. Daniel Billings of Gallatin, Missouri, took second place with an oil painting depicting a redhead duck and third place went to Larissa Weber of Anderson, Indiana with her acrylic rendition of trumpeter swans.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 13 - 19, 2018

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features waxwing sightings, cute caterpillars, good neighbors and more!

St. Croix River Watershed is buzzing about pollinators

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:00
Despite snow holding strong, the King Power Plant in Bayport, Minnesota was abuzz on March 14. Representatives from Xcel Energy, the Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - St. Croix Wetland Management District met to celebrate Xcel Energy’s commitment to conservation. Standing near a 5-acre pollinator project site on Plant grounds, Xcel Energy staff were recognized by the Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District for their continued partnership and support for conservation programs and efforts.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 6 - 12, 2018

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features vibrant colors, herons on the hunt, returning wrens and more!

Tribal Wildlife Grant helps Ho-Chunk Nation in state-wide effort to reactivate elk hunting in Wisconsin after 22 years

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 09:00
In Wisconsin, conservation and wildlife groups answered the call from residents to reintroduce elk into the state, restore historic populations and revitalize the tradition of recreational elk hunting. On March 7, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Elk Advisory Committee recommended the first managed elk harvest in 22 years! The planned harvest will take place in the Clam Lake elk range of Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties.

Service and partners celebrate remarkable conservation victory as once critically imperiled songbird declared saved from threat of extinction

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:00
Amidst catastrophic population declines leaving fewer than 200 known pairs in existence in the early 1970s, the Kirtland's warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, this songbird has rebounded, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove the Kirtland's warbler from the list of endangered and threatened species. The proposal opens a 90-day public comment period that will help inform a final decision.

For this Missouri bat ambassador, conservation begins at home

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:00
Dave Murphy doesn’t remember the first time he seriously thought about bats. Maybe it was the memories of bats occasionally entering the old farmhouse and flying around inside. “I don’t remember us ever killing one, just catching it and putting it outside.” Perhaps it was knowing they were catching insects after nightfall. Whatever it was, those experiences turned Murphy into a bat ambassador.