Migratory Birds
Midwest Region
Bald Eagle. USFWS photo.

Bald Eagle. USFWS photo.

Birds are key indicators of the health of our natural resources and provide significant contributions to our economy through birding, wildlife photography, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats in the United States. We also work closely with other countries where many birds spend a portion of their lives to ensure successful bird conservation across international boundaries.

The Migratory Bird Program monitors and manages a diverse range of birds, from waterfowl and raptors to shorebirds, grassland birds and songbirds, to help conserve and protect their habitats and ensure sustainable populations.

Over 800 species nest or winter in or migrate through the United States and more than 500 spend part of their life cycles in the upper Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

The Migratory Bird Program includes the Division of Migratory Bird Management and Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, both providing unique expertise in bird conservation and management. Learn more about these divisions and what we do.

National Migratory Bird Program Web site
Download Fact Sheets on Migratory Bird Program


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Last updated: August 2, 2017