Midwest Region Endangered Species Conserving the nature of America

Endangered Species Program


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species program is conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems.




U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service in the Midwest


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.
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Endangered Species Resource Materials

Fact Sheets, Brochures, and Pamphlets


Podcasts, narrated slideshows, and video the Endangered Species Act and about specific species are available the Multimedia webpage.



- Canada lynx (PDF)
- Gray bat
- Gray wolf
- Indiana bat



- Bald eagle (a delisted species)
- Interior least tern
- Kirtland's warbler
- Piping plover
- Whooping crane (PDF)



- Copperbelly water snake
- Eastern massasauga
- Lake Erie water snake (a delisted species)



- Neosho madtom
- Niangua darter
- Ozark cavefish
- Pallid sturgeon
- Scioto madtom
- Topeka shiner


Clams (Freshwater Mussels, Unionids)

- Clubshell
- Cracking pearlymussel
- Curtis' pearlymussel
- Fanshell
- Fat pocketbook
- Higgin's eye pearlymussel
- Northern riffleshell
- Orange-foot pimpleback pearlymussel
- Pink mucket pearlymussel
- Purple cat's paw pearlymussel

- Rayed bean
- Ring pink mussel
- Rough pigtoe

- Scaleshell

- Sheepnose

- Snuffbox

- Spectaclecase
- Tubercled-blossom pearlymussel
- White cat's paw pearlymussel
- White wartyback pearlymussel
- Winged mapleleaf mussel



- Iowa Pleistocene snail
- Tumbling Creek cavesnail


- American burying beetle

- Dakota skipper
- Hine's emerald dragonfly
- Hungerford's crawling water beetle
- Karner blue butterfly
- Mitchell's satyr butterfly



- Illinois cave amphipod



- American hart's-tongue fern
- Decurrent false aster
- Dwarf lake iris
- Eastern prairie fringed orchid
- Fassett's locoweed
- Geocarpon
- Houghton's goldenrod
- Lakeside daisy
- Leafy prairie-clover
- Leedy's roseroot
- Mead's milkweed
- Michigan monkey-flower
- Minnesota dwarf trout lily
- Missouri bladderpod
- Northern wild monkshood
- Pitcher's thistle
- Pondberry
- Prairie bush-clover
- Price's potato-bean
- Running buffalo clover
- Small whorled pogonia
- Virginia spiraea
- Western prairie fringed orchid


Information about the Endangered Species Act


- Why Save Endangered Species (pamphlet) (PDF)

- Endangered Species Act of 1973 (as amended) links to online versions of each section of the Act or go here for a PDF version of the Endangered Species Act

- A History of the ESA (PDF)

- ESA Basics: a Summary of the Act (PDF)

- Recovery, Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


Section 4 - Listing

- Candidate Species (PDF)

- Critical Habitat (PDF)

- Listing a Species as Threatened or Endangered, Section 4 of The Endangered Species Act (PDF)

- Petition process (PDF)


Section 6 - Grants

- Grants: Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act (PDF)


Section 7 - Consultation

- Consultations with Federal Agencies Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (PDF)


Section 10 - Permits and Habitat Conservation Plans

- Habitat Conservation Plans Under the Endangered Species Act) (1-page PDF)

- Habitat Conservatin Plans: Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act (PDF)

- Permits for Native Species (PDF)


- Safe Harbor Agreements for Private Property Owners, Questions and Answers (PDF)

- Our Endangered Species Program and How It Works with Landowners (PDF)


Other Information

- Endangered, Threatened, and Proposed Species of Region 3 (list)
- Candidate Species in Region 3 (list)
- Extinct Wildlife (list)


Federally Endangered and Threatened Species in

- Illinois
- Iowa
- Indiana
- Michigan
- Minnesota
- Missouri
- Ohio
- Wisconsin


For Kids and Teachers

- What You Can Do to Help Endangered Wildlife and Plants (PDF)

- Indiana Bats, Kids, and Caves - Oh My! (an activity book for teachers)

- Bat Box Instructions for Indiana (PDF)



- Conserving the Nature of America (pamphlet about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

- Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midwest

- Homeowner’s Guide to Protecting Frogs: Lawn and Garden Care

- Midwest Ephemeral Wetlands: A Vanishing Habitat


List of publications on the National Endangered Species website.



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