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Weekly Wrap-up: April 21 - April 27, 2017

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features turtle crossings, pileated pairs, baby raccoons and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: April 14 - April 20, 2017

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features baby bison, grassland shorebirds, natural pest control and more!

Clamping down on illegal grass carp sales in Indiana

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:00
Thanks to the proactive work of state and federal law enforcement professionals, an Arkansas-based live fish distributor is no longer illegally transporting and selling nonnative grass carp in Indiana.

Kelley Myers heads up Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:00
Kelley Myers, formerly with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the new coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Kelley’s appointment by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius follows the retirement of former coordinator Glen Salmon, who retired in November 2016. While with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Kelley served as Conservation Recreation Division Administrator, overseeing fish and wildlife, state parks, forestry, land and water trail, real property acquisition, facility improvement and conservation law enforcement programs for the state of Iowa.

Midwest region honored with national awards

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 09:00
On April 5, 2017, the National Wildlife Refuge Association announced their 2017 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards for outstanding conservation management skills and volunteer leadership.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 7 - April 13, 2017

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features the return of hummingbirds, monarchs, orioles and more!

Kirtland's caught on camera in Cuba

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:00
Anne Goulden, from Sarnia, Ontario, spotted and photographed a Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) on a recent birding trip to Cuba, making this the first “official” sighting of the bird on Cuba.

Inside Region 3: April Issue

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:00
Check out the latest issue of Inside Region 3, highlighting news and accomplishments from around the region.

Wisconsin prescribed fire training starts up for the spring

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 09:00
From April 14 through May 1, 2017 we will be working with The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Aldo Leopold Foundation to host hands-on, prescribed fire training in parts of Wisconsin.

Weekly Wrap-up: March 31 - April 6, 2017

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features colorful cardinals, crayfish carriers, quack facts and more!

Conservation legacy, a lasting impact for people and wildlife

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:00
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve and protect wildlife. Our mission states that we “work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people”. The beginning words of the mission statement are really powerful, working with others.

Weekly Wrap-up: March 24 - March 30, 2017

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features swan signs, tick control, essential food sources and more!

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!