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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.

St. Croix River Watershed is buzzing about pollinators

Dakota Skipper Butterfly on purple coneflower. Photo by Andrew Horton/USFWS.
Dakota Skipper Butterfly on purple coneflower. Photo by Andrew Horton/USFWS.

Despite snow holding strong, the King Power Plant in Bayport, Minnesota was abuzz on March 14. Representatives from Xcel Energy, the Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - St. Croix Wetland Management District met to celebrate Xcel Energy’s commitment to conservation. Standing near a 5-acre pollinator project site on Plant grounds, Xcel Energy staff were recognized by the Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District for their continued partnership and support for conservation programs and efforts.

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Weekly Wrap-up: April 6 - 12, 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 vibrant colors, herons on the hunt, returning wrens and more!

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Tribal Wildlife Grant helps Ho-Chunk Nation in state-wide effort to reactivate elk hunting in Wisconsin after 22 years

Elk herd grazing. Photo by Danielle Brigida/USFWS.
Elk herd grazing. Photo by Danielle Brigida/USFWS.

In Wisconsin, conservation and wildlife groups answered the call from residents to reintroduce elk into the state, restore historic populations and revitalize the tradition of recreational elk hunting. On March 7, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Elk Advisory Committee recommended the first managed elk harvest after 22 years of introduction efforts! The planned harvest will take place in the Clam Lake elk range of Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties.

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Service and partners celebrate remarkable conservation victory as once critically imperiled songbird declared saved from threat of extinction

Kirtland's warbler singing. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.
Kirtland's warbler singing. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.

Amidst catastrophic population declines leaving fewer than 200 known pairs in existence in the early 1970s, the Kirtland's warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, this songbird has rebounded, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove the Kirtland's warbler from the list of endangered and threatened species. The proposal opens a 90-day public comment period that will help inform a final decision.

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