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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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State Field Offices

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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News

 

July 27, 2015: Practicing What You Preach - Monarch Landscaping

 

Monarch butterfly on New England aster.


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


June 29, 2015: Surveys Begin for a Rapidly Declining Butterfly - Poweshiek Skipperling

 

Poweshiek skipperling


 

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

News Release

Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP

Project Website

 

Wind Turbines

 


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 Home

 

Northern Long-eared Bat


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Last updated: August 26, 2015