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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.

Tallgrass prairie and wetland gem turns 80

Trumpeter swans preening. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Trumpeter swans preening. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

We're celebrating Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, which was established 80 years ago. Today, the refuge encompasses 3,334 acres of both marsh and upland habitat and is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. Take a moment to learn about this migratory waterfowl refuge located in the southern end of the Prairie Pothole Region and plan a trip to experience it first-hand.

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A neighbor’s promise

John Houlton sold his family farm to the city of Elk River for the community to have access to nature. Photo by Mara Koenig/USFWS.
John Houlton sold his family farm to the city of Elk River for the community to have access to nature. Photo by Mara Koenig/USFWS.

Neighbors help neighbors, and sometimes they lift up a community. That’s the case in Elk River, Minnesota, where a family has given the city a present that will keep giving for generations to come.

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Weekly Wrap-up: September 7 - 13, 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 awesome opossums, owl sightings, successful nests and more!

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Help or hinderance? The best time to take in your hummingbird feeders

Male rufous hummingbird. Photo courtesy of Alan Schmierer.
Male rufous hummingbird. Photo courtesy of Alan Schmierer.

As we look out to our once active hummingbird feeders, we’re instantly reminded that the move is on. The return of fall brings the departure of many migratory birds in the midwest. While the result is a noticeable decrease at hummingbird feeders, rare hummingbirds can sometimes use a helping hand in heading on their way to warmer skies. We want to provide some food for thought when it comes to taking in your hummingbird feeders.

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