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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.

Illegal caviar operation leads to prison time

American paddlefish swimming with pallid sturgeon. Photo by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS.
American paddlefish swimming with pallid sturgeon. Photo by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS.

A joint undercover investigation into the illegal commercialization of paddlefish has resulted in one violator being sentenced to two years in prison. We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to thank our law enforcement colleagues with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for spearheading this case. This undercover operation involved law enforcement professionals from four states and took several years to complete in support of paddlefish conservation.

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Weekly Wrap-up: November 23 - 29, 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 fantastic beasts, calling owls, a pheasant pair and more!

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Weekly Wrap-up: November 16 - 22, 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 a turkey trot, identifying woodpeckers, overwintering turtles and more!

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Winter adventures are waiting for you at a national wildlife refuge

A fresh blanket of snow covers the Amnicon River in Wisconsin. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
A fresh blanket of snow covers the Amnicon River in Wisconsin. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter. We know how much you love to hike, bike and paddle across America’s national wildlife refuges and winter is a great time to get out and explore. Here are a few fun ways to get outside in the colder months and see some amazing sights! Check it out and start planning your trip.

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