Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

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

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

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.

Helping wildlife while avoiding common pitfalls

Providing lint and yarn in a suet cage can be hazardous to birds. Staged photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Providing lint and yarn in a suet cage can be hazardous to birds. Staged photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

We’ve been seeing a lot of tips for providing food, water and nesting materials to animals. Unfortunately, many of those tips are misguided end up being detrimental to the species we all want to help. Here are a few pitfalls you should avoid and some great alternatives that will help keep animals safe!

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Weekly Wrap-up: March 8 - 14, 2019

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 going bald, antler shedding, a mysterious traveler and more!

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Karner blue butterfly home celebrates 80 years

Female Karner blue butterfly at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jill Utrup/USFWS.
Female Karner blue butterfly at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jill Utrup/USFWS.

We're celebrating Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, which was established 80 years ago today. Nestled in central Wisconsin is a landscape that was epitomized by early homesteaders as the Great Wisconsin Swamp, this refuge is both welcoming and offers visitors much-needed peace and quiet for Americans from all walks of life. Take a moment to learn more about this serendipitous place and plan a trip to experience it first-hand.

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My two dads: Eagle trio sees parenting success in Illinois

Nesting bald eagle trio. Photo courtesy of Stewards of Upper Mississippi River Refuge.
Nesting bald eagle trio. Photo courtesy of Stewards of Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s true for wildlife too! Meet Valor I, Valor II and Starr, a breeding trio of bald eagles that live along the Mississippi River in Illinois. For several years, fans from all over the world have been watching this nontraditional family through a webcam as the eagles deal with the trials and tribulations of parenting.

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