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Weekly Wrap-up: March 17 - March 23, 2017

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features sounds of spring, turtle sightings, monarch migration and more!

From degraded land to essential habitat: Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge turns 80

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:00
When you look at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, it’s hard to believe that 80 years ago it was severely degraded from years of deforestation, draining, and overtrapping. Today, the refuge offers a variety of habitat from oak savanna and sedge meadow to coniferous bog wilderness. Visitors can see healthy populations of trumpeter swans, buffleheads, sandhill cranes and more.

Work underway to add new Great Lakes vessel to fisheries restoration arsenal of tools

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:00
Staff at the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office have begun the countdown to inspecting and later accepting a new 57-foot vessel that will change for the better the way they conduct their business on the Great Lakes. A $1.9 million contract was awarded to Moran Iron Works in November of 2016 and the welding sparks are literally flying as construction of the R/V Stanford H. Smith is proceeding on schedule with an anticipated delivery date of October 2017.

Weekly Wrap-up: March 10 - March 16, 2017

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features spring songs, young fox, bluebird sightings and more!

Solving monarch birth mysteries

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:30
Did you know that the wings of a monarch hold a secret? One of the greatest puzzles in ecology is the mystery of migration, and it is in the process of being solved for monarch butterflies. The milkweed leaves that caterpillars eat contains a distinct chemical signature from the soil and water that is absorbed into the plant, and ultimately into the monarch's wings as they develop into adult butterflies. By analyzing their wings, scientists can map where butterflies found in Mexico were born.

Solving monarch birth mysteries

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:00
Did you know that the wings of a monarch hold a secret? One of the greatest puzzles in ecology is the mystery of migration, and it is in the process of being solved for monarch butterflies. The milkweed leaves that caterpillars eat contains a distinct chemical signature from the soil and water that is absorbed into the plant, and ultimately into the monarch's wings as they develop into adult butterflies. By analyzing their wings, scientists can map where butterflies found in Mexico were born.

Patrolling the prairie potholes: 2017 Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:00
Ducks Unlimited recognized federal wildlife officers from across the Prairie Pothole Region today for their ongoing efforts to protect America’s prairies and wetlands by presenting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the 2017 Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Achievement Award.

Weekly Wrap-up: March 3 - March 9, 2017

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a spring dance, woodpecker buffet, the return of winter and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: February 24 - March 2, 2017

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a seasonal wardrobe, all natural mosquitto control, a birthday celebration and more!

Providing essential migratory waterfowl habitat for 80 years in Missouri

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:00
Today marks the 80th birthday for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. Established in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt through executive order as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, the refuge continues to be an essential network of lands and waters for migratory birds including waterfowl, geese, and shorebirds.

Weekly Wrap-up: February 17 - February 23, 2017

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a colorful kestrel, fierce predators, an occupied eagle nest and more!

Chicago-based wildlife inspector team recognized for superior teamwork

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:00
On February 16, Assistant Director for the Office of Law Enforcement Bill Woody presented the Department of Interior Unit Award to the Wildlife Inspector Team in Rosemont, Illinois. This award is presented to individuals who collaboratively work together as a team and who produce superior results in the name of conservation.

Importance of pollinators for pheasants

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:00
On February 17, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius along with an array of pollinator experts shared their knowledge, resources and enthusiasm at the 2017 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic's Pollinator Symposium in Minneapolis.

Monarch migration stronghold turns 105

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:00
Monarch habitat in the middle of Lake Michigan? Yes! Today marks the 105th birthday of one of our oldest national wildlife refuges and Great Lakes migration routes for migratory birds and other species, like monarchs. Take a few minutes to learn more about this remote beauty.

Weekly Wrap-up: February 10 - February 16, 2017

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a perfect couple, fishing bald eagles, winter beauty and more!

Thinking smart for aviation and for wildlife

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
Today, Wildlife Biologist Mary Mitchell was honored by the regional aviation program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aviation Safety Award of Excellence for her 15 year contribution to the safe, efficient, and effective use of aircraft to advance our mission throughout North America.

A parasitologist love story

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:00
They found each other in life, and now their parasite namesakes have found each other too. Dr. Becky Lasee, retired Project Leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service La Crosse Fish Health Center (Center), was recently honored by Eric Leis, a former student and colleague, with a new parasite named in her honor. Henneguya laseeae was discovered and characterized by researchers from the La Crosse Fish Health Center and Mississippi State University. While learning about the new parasite, a remarkable discovery was made. Nestled close to H. laseeae on the parasite’s family tree was Henneguya sutherlandi, named for Dr. Daniel Sutherland, who also happens to be Becky Lasee’s late husband.

Volunteerism powers conservation at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
Every year, we come together to take a look back and honor the accomplishments of refuge volunteers at the annual Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Banquet. This year, two top midwest leaders of the Refuge System, Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley and Regional Chief of Refuges Charlie Blair, joined refuge staff in thanking the volunteers.

Public Review of FONSI Draft for Lower Boardman River Restoration: Boardman, Sabin and Union Street Dams Project

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is announcing the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) draft for the Lower Boardman River Restoration: Boardman, Sabin and Union Street Dams Project.

Weekly Wrap-up: February 3 - February 9, 2017

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features porcupine snacks, winter monarchs, bison on the move and more!