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.

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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: October 4 - 10, 2019

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Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.

Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features salamander sightings, winter coats, bringing a species back from the brink of extinction and more!

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Partners celebrate successful recovery of beloved songbird

Kirtland's warbler perched in a jack pine
Kirtland's warbler perched in a jack pine. Photo by Vince Cavalieri/USFWS.

Bird enthusiasts from around the world travel to northern Michigan in hopes of catching sight of a Kirtland's warbler, a small songbird once poised on the brink of extinction. Now the species is thriving thanks to decades of effort by a diverse group of dedicated partners. Due to the species' remarkable recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Weekly Wrap-up: September 27 - October 3, 2019

Collage featuring a squirrel, milkweed seeds and a pelican
Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.

Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features melanistic squirrels, collecting seeds, graceful landings and more!

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How saving one butterfly could help save the prairie

Monarch butterfly on blazing star
Monarch butterfly on blazing star. Photo courtesy of Brett Whaley/Creative Commons.

The monarch is more than one butterfly. Think of it as an ambassador to a mosaic of prairie plants and animals that all need soil, sun and time to grow. In the face of massive habitat loss, we have been making a home for monarchs and species of the wider prairie ecosystem for decades. Now you can too in your own backyard.

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