Media Tip Sheet
Midwest Region

Skies

Road to Recovery: The Bald Eagle
From a low of only 417 nesting pairs in 1963, the bald eagle population in the lower 48 states has grown to a current estimate of 9,789 nesting pairs, the highest count since World War II.

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP): Ten years into the project, working toward a sustainable population
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing this highly imperiled species in eastern North America, part of its historic range. There are now around 100 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America thanks to WCEP's efforts.

State of the Birds: Informing conservationists on the health of our Midwest birds
The next State of the Birds Report will be published this spring, and identify the importance of conservation on private lands to the health of our birds. Talk to a bird biologist with the Service's Migratory Birds program to learn how the State of the Birds is helping conservationists in the Midwest Region.

Ten Years of Success in Conservation through the State Wildlife Grant Program
The State Wildlife Grants Program provides federal dollars to every state and territory to support cost-effective conservation aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered. See recent examples of how the funding has support the conservation mission.

Kirtland's warbler recovery in Michigan and Wisconsin
Follow the efforts to recover the endangered Kirtland's warbler, a small bird with a long history of recovery milestones. The 2010 nesting season surveys found 1,747 singing males in Michigan, the species' stronghold, along with 24 in Wisconsin and three in Ontario. Learn more about how cowbird control and jack pine forest management help the species, and the partnership among federal and state agencies and the Bahamas National Trust working to recovery the Kirtland's warbler.

Restoring Fish and Wildlife for Future Generations: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Comprised of more than 10,000 miles of coastline and 30,000 islands, the Great Lakes provide drinking water, transportation, power and recreational opportunities to the 30 million citizens who call the Great Lakes basin "home." Unfortunately, years of environmental degradation has left the Great Lakes in need of immediate on-the-ground action to save this precious resource for generations to come. In 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was allocated approximately $65 million through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement Great Lakes Restoration Initiative priority programs involving toxic substances, invasive species and habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. Funding continues in 2011 and the Service is gearing up for another active and exciting field season.

Tundra Swans by the Thousands
From early November through about the third week in November, hundreds of people come to a newly constructed overlook near Brownsville, Minnesota, to view thousands of tundra swans, ducks and geese feed, rest and migrate through the Mississippi River Valley.

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.

Change on the Wind: Bats, Birds and Wind Energy
Wind energy is a fast-growing part of our nation's effort to become energy efficient. With its vast expanses of agricultural land, parts of the Midwest seem made to order for establishing wind energy facilities. As interest in wind energy increases, the Service is stepping up efforts to ensure this potentially critical energy source is developed with consideration of impacts to wildlife, especially bats and birds. Service field offices in many Midwestern states have seen an increase in the number of wind projects under review for impacts to wildlife. Learn more about the Service's efforts to facilitate wind energy production while minimizing impacts to wildlife through guidelines on siting and operation of turbines. Also find out how Habitat Conservation Plans are being used to lessen impacts to endangered bats.

Last updated: April 4, 2013