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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.

Discovery of a new parasite honors scientist’s mother and father

Flathead catfish. Photo by Eric Engbretson/USFWS. New parasite (inset). Photo by Eric Leis/USFWS.
Flathead catfish. Photo by Eric Engbretson/USFWS. New parasite (inset). Photo by Eric Leis/USFWS.

After I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I always intended to write my parents a card to share my appreciation for all their help and support. With regret, the moment slipped away from me and the card was never completed. Years later I now have the opportunity to make amends. I am pleased to say that a new parasite has been named to honor my father and mother, Michael and Alice. Ligictaluridus michaelalicea is a small parasitic flatworm that measures approximately 1 millimeter in length and lives on the gills of flathead catfish in the upper Mississippi River. While it may fall short of a Hallmark card, it’s the best way I know to express my gratitude for the way my parents fostered the scientist in me from an early age.

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Boy Scouts of America launch new monarch conservation program

Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joins National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America in kicking off new conservation program. Photo courtesy of Robert Snip/Boy Scouts of America.
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joins National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America in kicking off new conservation program. Photo courtesy of Robert Snip/Boy Scouts of America.

On February 17, more than 300 boy scouts and their families gathered at the U.S. National Arboretum to kick off a new National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America monarch conservation program called “Milkweed for Monarchs.” Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, who leads the Service’s national effort to conserve the monarch butterfly, set the tone for the event by speaking about the about the importance of monarch preservation and how it relates to broader conservation issues. The event highlighted how milkweed is easy to grow and that everyone can play a part in ensuring a future filled with monarchs. After the opening ceremony, boy scouts helped pot pollinator plants and took home milkweed seed packets, along with a special event monarch conservation patch.

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Weekly Wrap-up: February 9 - 15, 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 outstanding owls, bluebird returns, mink markings and more!

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Duff Lake Fen restoration project opens public access in Indiana

Sedge wrens are one bird species that has benefited from the Duff Lake restoration project. Photo courtesy of Brian Wulker/Creative Commons.
Sedge wrens are one bird species that has benefited from the Duff Lake restoration project. Photo courtesy of Brian Wulker/Creative Commons.

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program assists voluntary landowners to transform unused and degraded property into desirable habitat that provides food, shelter and water for wildlife. These restored areas are often designed to provide a place for outdoor recreation activities. In 2015, the program and LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department got their boots on the ground to start the Duff Lake Fen Restoration Project in northeast Indiana.

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