Media Tip Sheet
Midwest Region


Cycle of Success: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
There's a reason the Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has been called "The Cycle of Success." Funded by excise taxes on hunting, boating and angling equipment, this program provides more than $180 million in funding to habitat restoration and wildlife research to further the hunting, shooting and angling sports.

Federal Duck Stamps: Your personal investment to conservation!
Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have raised more than $700 million to acquire habitat for national wildlife refuges in all 50 states. Find out which refuges near you have been purchased in part with Duck Stamp dollars at

Then go visit, meet the refuge manager and explore the refuge to see the spectacles of wildlife that Duck Stamp dollars have helped protect. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetlands specifically targets vital breeding habitat within the National Wildlife Refuge System. When you buy a Duck Stamp, you are doing your part to help ensure a bright future for wildlife, waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Junior Duck Stamp Program: Integrating science and art into the classroom to inspire a generation of conservation.
Interview the students and teachers that have made the Junior Duck Stamp Program the premiere connecting people with nature initiative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

The Mentorship of USFWS Pilot Brian Lubinski
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Pilot, Brian Lubinski, realized his life long dream through the help of a string of important mentors. The impetus for his aviation passion was an airplane full of snakes that he encountered as a 12-year-old boy on Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota.

In the Field with SCEP Student Lionel Grant
As a SCEP student and Visitor Services Park Ranger for Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge, Lionel Grant is responsible for the creation and implementation of
environmental education programming.

Want to Manage Wildlife for a Living?
Meet a new hire in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region and follow the education, travel and training it took to land the job.

Duck's-Eye View of the Prairie Pothole Region
Follow the Regional pilot as he uses an airplane to map habitat, survey easements and estimate wildlife populations across the Midwest and the Continent.

USFWS Special Agents and Wildlife Inspectors
Special Agents in the USFWS conduct a wide variety of undercover operations across the state and the nation. Wildlife Inspectors also inspect wildlife brought into Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago International Airports from across the world. A look at what these agents encounter over a few days would be very interesting. The illegal wildlife trade is second only to the illegal drug trade.

Follow a Refuge Law Enforcement Officer
In addition to Special Agents and Inspectors, national wildlife refuges also have resident law enforcement officers who protect the wildlife and habitat (as well as visitors) to national wildlife refuge and waterfowl production areas.

Mentoring the Next Generation of Hunters in Minnesota
Hamden Slough and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuges in Minnesota, in partnership with the MN Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited, offer youth hunting opportunities. Learn more about youth mentoring

Last updated: April 4, 2013