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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.

Hooked on a hatchery: Discover the Great River Road

Great River Road Interpretive Center. Photo by USFWS.
Great River Road Interpretive Center. Photo by USFWS.

Three miles south of the small village of Genoa, Wisconsin straddling either side of the Great River Road Scenic Byway, otherwise known as Wisconsin State Highway 35, sits the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. Founded in 1932, the hatchery has played a major role in restoring a variety of aquatic species from imperiled mussels, to lake sturgeon and even the rare Hine’s emerald dragonfly. They’ve also been focused on educating people about the value of the Mississippi River, which flows just west of the hatchery. Now Genoa National Fish Hatchery is opening the doors of its new home to help visitors learn more about the importance of the river and the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Recognizing champions: Making a difference for threatened and endangered species

A Great Lakes piping plover. Photo by Vince Cavalieri/USFWS.
A Great Lakes piping plover. Photo by Vince Cavalieri/USFWS.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pleased to announce the Midwest Region Recovery Champion Award winners for 2017. Each year we celebrate the contributions of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference for threatened and endangered species. Help us recognize this year’s winners and learn about how they support our continued work to recover America’s most threatened and endangered animals and plants.

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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.
Airboat safety instructon. 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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