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Ecological Services Program in the Upper Midwest


Pollinating the Conversation to Conserve

Iowa's Pollinators

Aphrodite fritillary on a black-eyed susan

Aphrodite fritillary on a black-eyed susan.
Photo by Tamara Smith; USFWS


August 18, 2015


It's no secret that pollinators are struggling; bees and monarch butterflies have made headlines as loss of habitat and plant diversity, colony collapse disorder, improper use of pesticides, parasites, and a multitude of other factors have led to drastic population declines. Many are unaware of the importance of these "bugs," not only environmentally, but economically. Honeybees pollinate almost 90 percent of the world's crops, adding approximately $15 billion to agricultural crop value per year; without pollinators our daily diets would be reduced by one-third.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) Rock Island Field Office is leading the discussion and strategic planning effort in Iowa.


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We have Ecological Services Field Offices in each of the eight upper Midwest States. For project reviews, Section 7 consultation, or information about endangered species that you do not find on this site, please contact the Field Office in your state.



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July 14, 2015: Contaminants Specialist is Part of a Team that Wins Bronze medal Regional Award from U.S. EPA

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June 11, 2015: U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to Develop Environmental Impact Statement for Regional Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan

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June 8, 2015: Enbridge Must Restore Environment Injured by 2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

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Michigan Enbridge Natural Resource Damage Assessment


Birds oiled during Enbridge 2010 spill near the Kalamazoo River, Michigan.

May 15, 2015: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Southern Illinois Pollution Cleanup

April 1, 2015: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened under Endangered Species Act
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Northern Long-eared Bat

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Last updated: October 5, 2015