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2012 NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

Dec. 7, 2012: Migratory Birds in Missouri Benefit from Upcoming Changes to Tower Lighting

 

Map of Missouri showing tower locations.

 

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Dec. 2012: Snake, Rattle and Restore . . . Candidate Conservation in Action

 

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Dec. 5, 2012: 90-Day Finding on 3 Grassland Thicket Mammals

 

- Federal Register Notice (PDF)

 

- News Release: Prairie Gray Fox, Plains Spotted Skunk May Warrant Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

 

- Petition (14-page PDF)

 

- Petition Process Fact Sheet (PDF)


Spotted Skunk by Missouri Department of Conservation

 

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Dec. 4, 2012: Citizen Tip Helps Close the Knox County Whooping Crane Case

 

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November 27, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Wintering Destination in Florida

 

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November 9, 2012: Help the Hellbender - “Help the Hellbender” is the name given to an effort to conserve the eastern hellbender in Indiana. Read More >>

 

Eastern hellbender

 

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November 5, 2012: In Toledo, an Urban Stream Restoration Project Creates Habitat

 

Tree planting

 

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November 5, 2012: Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge Replacement within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

 

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November 5, 2012: FWS Conservation Planning Assistance Program Protects Wetlands through Changes in Tollway Design

 

Bioswale

 

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November 5, 2012: The USFWS's Conservation Planning Assistance Program Protects the Federally Endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly from Increased Road Runoff


Infiltration trench

 

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Silent Spring - 50th Anniversary

An Essay Series

 

Collage of 3 photos: Rachel Carson, an American robin, and Dr. George Wallace in his lab with a table of dead robins.

Dr. George Wallace, an ornithologist at Michigan State University, was one of the first researchers to connect large numbers of dead and dying robins on campus with DDT use. Rachel Carson chronicled the events in Silent Spring.

 

September 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, which warned of the dangers of DDT and launched the environmental movement.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is commemorating the work of Rachel Carson, an employee of the Service for 16 years, with a series of articles on environmental contaminant issues in the Midwest.

 

Rachel Carson worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1936 to 1952 and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in conservation. Her work as an educator, scientist and writer revolutionized America’s interest in environmental issues. In addition to sounding the warning about DDT in “Silent Spring,” she is remembered for her passion for the oceans and coasts, her inspiration as one of the first female scientists and government leaders, and her overall footprint on the history of conservation.

 

To learn more, visit Silent Spring 50th Anniversary- An Essay Series

 

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October 31, 2012: Chicago Illinois Field Office Partners with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage Count to Restore Habitat of the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid


Counting Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid flowers.

 

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October 30, 2012: Enbridge Oil Spill in 2010 Used as a Case Study in the National Response Team's Newly Released "Use of Volunteer's Guidelines for Oil Spills"

 

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October 25, 2012: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for Annual Endangered Species Grants


Piping plovers

 

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October 22, 2012: The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Planning Assistance Program Assists Railroad in Mitigating Noise Impacts to Migratory Birds

 

Cuba Marsh mitigation site.

 

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October 6, 2012: Abbott Laboratories Continues its 21-Year Partnership with the USFWS Chicago Illinois Field Office in Recovery of the Federally Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid


Volunteer and the eastern prairire fringed orchid

 

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October 3, 2012: Comment Period Reopened for Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Midwest Wind Energy Facilities

 

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September 20, 2012: Water Quality Investigation of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

 

Water quality sampling on Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

 

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September 15, 2012: Chicago Field Office Participates in Organic Farm Bioblitz

 

Smooth green snake

 

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September 10, 2012: Chicago Office Helps Organize Restoration of Grassland and Wetland Bird Habitat

 

Henslow's sparrow

 

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September 2012: Silent Spring 50th Anniversary - Essay Series

 

 

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August 24, 2012: Ohio Field Office and Partner Agencies Begin Development of Stream Mitigation Banking Guidelines

 

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August 13, 2012: Contaminant Assessment Process Initiated at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

 

Granite outcroppings at Bigstone National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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August 7, 2012: Long-term Research on Rattlesnake Life History Will Help Managers Plan Habitat Restoration

 

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July 31, 2012: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Signs Charter to Participate in the State Transportation Innovation Leadership Team in Illinois: Aims to Improve Transportation Projects

 

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July 12, 2012: Species Spotlight: the Service Partners to Understand the Declining Golden-winged Warbler

 

Golden-winged warbler

 

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June 4, 2012: FWS Starts Restoration of Southwest Missouri

 

Red Creek in the Tri-State Lead Mining District.

 

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May 4, 2012: Connecting People and Nature through Restoration with Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Brownfield Improvements: Midwest - Great Lakes Society of Ecological Restoration Meeting

 

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U.S. and State of Ohio Reach $5.5 Million Settlement for Damages from Hazardous Releases in Lower Ashtabula River and Harbor

May 3, 2012

 

Advisory sign warning not to eat fish caught in this area.

 

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and Ohio Attorney General have reached a proposed settlement of claims for injuries to natural resources caused by past releases and discharges of hazardous substances into the lower Ashtabula River and Harbor in northeast Ohio. The consent decree, valued at approximately $5.5 million, was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of the designated natural resource trustees, including the Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 

"This agreement will compensate the public for precious natural resources that were damaged by hazardous pollutants released into the Ashtabula watershed over more than half a century," said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. "The settlement also fosters the restoration of wildlife habitat and recreational resources along the Ashtabula that the people of Ohio will be able to enjoy for many years to come."

 

News Release

 

Ashtabula River Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

 

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May 1, 2012: Restoration Projects Proposed for Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River Areas

 

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April 10, 2012: Early Warning Program to Detect and Identify Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Their Effects to Fish and Wildlife

 

EC Biologist giving a presentation.

 

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March 22, 2012: Service Examines Eagles for Lead Poisoning

 

Bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

 

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Trustees to Begin Restoration Planning for 2010 Oil Spill Near Marshall, Michigan

March 1, 2012

 

Area of floodplain cleaned by removed top contaminated sediments.sediment removed.

Cleaning up the Enbridge oil spill, August 2010.

Photograph by Michigan DEQ

 

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 conduct restoration planning to restore natural resources that were lost or injured by the discharge of crude oil from a pipeline in Calhoun County, Michigan, near the town of Marshall.

 

The spill occurred in July 2010, when Enbridge Energy Partners LLP reported a rupture in a 30-inch pipeline near Marshall, Michigan, which released over 840,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek, which flows into the Kalamazoo River. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop its banks and carried oil approximately 38 miles downstream on the Kalamazoo River and into adjacent floodplains. This discharge, along with associated response activities, is adversely affecting and/or threatening natural resources within the jurisdictions of the United States, the State of Michigan, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Tribe. In response, the designated state, federal and tribal trustees for these affected and potentially affected resources are undertaking a natural resource damage assessment.

 

The trustees for natural resources include the U.S. Department of Interior (represented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Attorney General, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi.

 

News Release

 

Michigan Enbridge Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

 

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February 23, 2012: Piping Plover Habitat Protection Along the Shores of Lake Michigan

 

News Release
Piping Plover Information

 

Adult piping plovers

 

Recovery Report to Congress: 2009 to 2010 (PDF 3.1MB)

 

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February 8, 2012: Service Announces Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest

Bulletin
Learn More

 

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February 06, 2012: Minnesota School Kids Invited to Enter 2012 Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

 

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February 03, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

 

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Jan. 9, 2012: Reward Fund Started for Indiana Whooping Crane Case

 

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Jan. 6, 2012: Spill Response Contingency Planning Protects National Wildlife Refuge Resources

 

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