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.

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.

Marking 95 years of conserving the Upper Mississippi River

Bald eagle flying with a fish in its talons.
Bald eagle flying with a fish in its talons. Photo by USFWS.

We're celebrating Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which was established 95 years ago this month. Bordered by steep wooded bluffs that rise 100 to 600 feet above the river valley, the Mississippi River corridor and refuge offer scenic beauty and productive fish and wildlife habitat unmatched in the heart of America. Take a moment to learn more about this extensive refuge and plan a trip to experience it first-hand.

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Missouri wildlife haven turns 75

Common snapping turtle crossing a path.
Common snapping turtle crossing a path. Photo by USFWS.

We're celebrating Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, which was established 75 years ago this week to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and protect Missouri’s largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest. Take a moment to learn more about this peaceful place and plan a trip to experience it first-hand.

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Weekly Wrap-up: May 24 - 30, 2019

Collage featuring Karner blue butterfly, scarlet tanager and squirrel.
Wildlife collage. Individual photo captions and credits within story.

Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features squirrel struggles, stunning scarlets, baby owls and more!

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Celebrating excellence in the midwest

Workplace improvement award winners with leadership.
Katie Steiger-Meister, Anna Sidie-Slettedah, Monica Blaser, Amy McGovern and Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

Our goal is to conserve, restore and protect the special lands and waters that define America’s heartland as well as the wildlife that call the midwest home. It’s important that we make time to take stock of our collective accomplishments. Take a moment to learn about some recent successes and the people who made them possible.

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