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Northern Long-eared Bat

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online
Information Sessions
On Proposal
to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered


northern long-eared bat

Northern long-eared bat hibernating in a cave formation in Missouri.

Photo by Ann Froschauer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


August 13, 2014

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 bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.


People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.


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Online Information Sessions - How to Participate





Service Joins Partners to Restore Chicago’s Burnham Wildlife Corridor


Partners in Chicago are working together to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.

Partners in Chicago are working together to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.

Photo by USFWS; Louise Clemency

May 10, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joined volunteers from around the Chicago Area to plant trees to develop the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a new natural area in Chicago’s Burnham Park.


The corridor creates a 100-acre ribbon of urban wilderness running through one of the city’s premier lakefront properties. The corridor is located within the Millennium Reserve, one of two sites in Illinois to be included in President Obama's "America's Great Outdoors" initiative.


The event was conducted in partnership with Chicago Wilderness, The Field Museum, Friends of the Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Openlands, Audubon - Chicago Region, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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March 25, 2014: Wind Energy Meeting


Wind turbine





March 21, 2014: Tracking Eagles with GPS Telemetry Systems


Releasing a bald eagle.





March 13, 2014: Chicago Office and Partners Hold Seminar on Endangered Dragonfly Conservation


Hine's Emerald Dragonfly





Be Inspired: Join us as we restore the Great Lakes



March 2014

Check out this short video about our restoration work in the Great Lakes and be inspired!


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a proud partner in the implementation of the President's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Our brief video highlighting our work in the Great Lakes provides a glimpse of the natural resources we are working to protect for current and future generations.





February 13, 2014: Chicago Office Cooperates with Forest Preserve District on Habitat Restoration Benefiting Multiple Endangered Species

Prairie with flowering blazing star.





February 12, 2014:

Making Polluters in Missouri Pay


A 1993 image of the Magmont Mine in its full operational capacity.

The Magmont Mine and Mill produced lead, zinc and copper concentrates. Mine operators stored waste products in an onsite impoundment that covered more than 300 acres.

Photos by Bureau of Land Management



Staff at the Columbia, MO Ecological Services Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their co-Ttrustees at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service have jointly achieved settlement with the owners of a former metals mining operation in southeast Missouri for injury to natural resources. The Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration have negotiated a settlement agreement for the sum of $1.4 million with Teck American, Inc. and DII Industries, LLC, to resolve the two companies’ liabilities for releases of hazardous substances from the Magmont Mine and Mill site near Bixby, MO.


The Magmont Mine and Mill were opened in 1968 near the town of Bixby by a joint venture between the corporate predecessors of Tech American, Inc., and DII Industries, LLC. The mine and mill produced lead, zinc and copper concentrates using a fully mechanized room and pillar mining technique. Waste products from the milling process were stored in a valley fill tailings impoundment onsite covering more than 300 acres. The impoundments permanently covered portions of Neals Creek, a tributary of the Black River. The mine and mill were closed in 1994 and initial reclamation of the tailings impoundment occurred in the late 1990s.


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Southeast Missouri Lead Minind District NRDA





Lisa Williams Wins USFWS Science Leadership Award

Lisa Williams



February 11, 2014

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 Wildlife Service’s Science Leadership Award. The national award recognizes a Service employee’s outstanding practice and support of scientific activities that improve the bureau’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources.


“Dr. Lisa Williams is a scientist, leader and mentor,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “She infuses her work with a contagious passion for conservation. We are proud she has received national distinction for her accomplishments in the environmental contaminants field.”


Dr. Williams served as the Assistant Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife Response - Houma Sector of the Deepwater Horizon Spill and as Branch Director and Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife and Environmental Assessment for the Michigan Enbridge Line 6B Pipeline Spill, the nation’s largest inland oil spill. During those crises, Dr. Williams used ecologically, scientifically sound and acceptable practices and principles leading to effective and efficient response measures for both spills.


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More about the awards and the nomination process


Environmental Contaminants





February 6, 2014: Chicago Field Office A Stakeholder in Master Plan for Important Bird Area





January 23, 2014: Guest Lecture at Lake Erie Center: NRDA and Restoration in the Great Lakes





Jan. 9, 2014: Designing Towards Restoring High Quality Habitat in Degraded "Areas of Concern"

Clough Island in St. Louis River.





Jan. 3, 2014: Spill on the Upper Mississippi River Threatens Fall Migrating Waterfowl


Red diesel fuel from a sunken tow boat.



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