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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 11 - May 17, 2018

Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.
Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.

Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features hummingbird migration, wildlife moms, monarch sightings and more!

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Working with tribes: Airboat safety training on Mille Lacs Lake

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service airboat safety instructors teaching Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe staff how to maneuver airboats onto ice from shallow water. Photo courtesy of Mille Lacs Messenger.
Service airboat safety instructors teaching Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe staff how to maneuver airboats onto ice from shallow water. Photo courtesy of Mille Lacs Messenger.

As a federal agency, we have a distinct, unique obligation and opportunity to work with tribes based on trust responsibilities, treaty provisions and statutory mandates. We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service play an important role in supporting tribes as they exercise their sovereignty in the management of fish and wildlife resources on the more than 55 million acres of Federal Indian trust land and treaty reserved areas. Our staff work hand-in-hand with the 36 federally-recognized tribes in the Midwest Region providing resources and technical assistance in support of their natural resource management activities. One example is our recent efforts with the Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe to provide airboat and water safety training to improve public safety preparedness and to expand their resource management capacities.

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Weekly Wrap-up: May 4 - May 10, 2018

Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.
Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.

Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features oriole sightings, fox naps, tick season and more!

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From hognose snakes to chorus frogs: Meredosia is more than a flyway

Solitary sandpiper. Photo courtesy of Mark Moschell/Creative Commons.
Solitary sandpiper. Photo courtesy of Mark Moschell/Creative Commons.

Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge is turning 45 today! Even though it’s relatively young compared with many national wildlife refuges, Meredosia has ties that date back to the 1930s. Help them celebrate by learning about what makes this flyway hotspot so special.

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