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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.

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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Designing award winning parks for people and wildlife

A vacant lot was enhanced and restored with native plants. Photo courtesy of Zachary Branigan/Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.
A vacant lot was enhanced and restored with native plants. Photo courtesy of Zachary Branigan/Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

On February 8, 2018, the O.U.R. Saginaw Project was awarded the 2017 Park Design of the Year by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association. The Park Design award recognizes groups and organizations for projects that contain landscape and facility components such as splash pads, outdoor aquatic facilities, sports fields, playgrounds and trails.

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