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Dec. 8, 2014: Agencies Offer Information on Prospective Land Purchase and Other Restoration and Assessment Activities in Southeast Missouri

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Dec. 3, 2014: NRDA Expertise Shared with West Coast NRDA Practitioners from Government and Industry



Nov. 12, 2014: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Presents the SETAC North Ameirca 2014 Governmnet Service Award to Dr. Lisa Williams




Fish-eating Birds as Indicators for Reassessing Wildlife Reproduction and Health Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern

A herring gull chick with a crossbill.

A herring gull chick with a crossbill from the

River Raisin Area of Concern, Monroe, Michigan.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Keith Grasman


November 11, 2014


Jeremy N. Moore and Dr. Lisa Williams, contaminant specialists in the Service's East Lansing Field Office in Michigan, co-authored “Fish-eating Birds as Indicators for Reassessing Wildlife Reproduction and Health Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern,” presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America. The study was presented by fellow co-author and principal investigator Dr. Keith A. Grasman, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. This ongoing assessment investigates the effects of contaminants on reproduction and immunological health of fish-eating birds in the Saginaw Bay and Raisin River Areas of Concern.


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Oct. 30, 2014: For the Love of Wisconsin Bats

Little brown bat


October 29, 2014: USFWS Capacity for Spill Response Activities in Michgian and the Midwest



Oct. 20, 2014: Evaluating adn Preventing Water Quality Threats to the Recovery of Imperiled Freshwaer Mussels:



October 20, 2014: Green Bay and Twin Cities Field Offices Assist Large-scale Preparedness Efforts


Oct. 1, 2014: Agencies Offer Information on Request for Proposals for Habitat Restoration Projects in Southeast Missouri




Oct. 1, 2014: Mussel and Sediment Survey Completed on the Big River, Missouri



Sept. 30, 2014: Continued Improvements of Communication Towers in Missouri




Women in Science: Connecting with the Future

Aleshia Kenney

Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Rock Island Ecological Services Field Office
Moline, Illinois

Aleshia Kenney after seining an oxbow pond to survey for endangered Topeka shiners.

Photo by Kristen Lundh/USFWS

August 29, 2014

An Interview


How long have you been working with the Service?
6 years


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have known that I wanted to be a biologist since I was 8 years old. I grew up with the Mississippi River literally in my backyard. My dad is a commercial fisherman on the river. He sets nets to catch mostly carp, buffalo, catfish and drum to sell to fish markets around the state.


I would often go out with him and just observe everything that the river had to offer - the sounds, the smells, and the sights! I would scoop up a bucket of water, and was fascinated by all of the tiny living things moving around in it. I loved watching the eagles soar behind the boat as we were pulling in net loads of fish, and I loved seeing all the different kinds of fish that the river hid beneath its shiny surface. I remember asking my dad why certain kinds of fish were only found in certain places on the river.


One day he had a couple of state fisheries biologists in his boat taking scale samples from some of the fish he caught. My dad asked me to pose that question to them. Their faces lit up and one of them said you should be a biologist! From that moment I was completely hooked, and knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!


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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




August 2014: Ohio State University Professor Joined East Lansing Field Office For Six Weeks With The Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

Dr. Bob Gates from Ohio State University participated in the Service’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the East Lansing Field Office in Michigan.



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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April 11, 2014: Consumers Energy/Resource Agencies Annual Steering Committee Meeting




March 27, 2014: Chicago Office Gives Presentation on Frog Friendly Yards


Eastern gray tree frog




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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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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