Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

 

Illinois-Iowa Field Office

1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

e-mail: RockIsland@fws.gov

 

 


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2017 News

 

 

Service provides $1 million to states to combat bat-killing fungal disease

Funding totals $166,292 to battle disease in six Midwest states

 

Cluster of hibernating Indiana bats.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced over $1 million in grants to 37 states and the District of Columbia to help combat white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats in recent years. Funds will help states find ways to prevent the spread of WNS while increasing survival rates of afflicted species.

 

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Flexing Our Mussels!

 

 

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In conjunction with the I-74 freshwater mussel relocation, the Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office has started developing new education materials to strengthen the community’s understanding of freshwater mussels. Contract biologists are partnering with the Iowa Department of Transportation to create presentations, activities, lesson plans, posters and other interactive and engaging materials for educators and individuals to use.

 

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Service and students connect for Iowa pollinators

 

Student taking field measurements.

Last summer, I met Erin Allen, a Bettendorf, Iowa, middle school science teacher.  Erin was working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Mississippi River Project Office as part of Iowa's S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program, which places teachers in science, technology, engineering and math in jobs so that they can bring back real life experiences to their students. Through our discussions about projects she might do to introduce her seventh graders to real-world science, the idea of a prairie restoration bloomed.

 

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Mussels get a lift around bridge replacement project on the Mississippi River

 

A diver prepares to search the Mississippi River for freshwater mussels during a relocation project. Photo by Heidi Woeber/USFWS.

What do you do with hundreds of thousands of freshwater mussels in the way of an interstate highway bridge over the Mississippi River? You move them. A unique and sizeable mussel bed with a diverse population of freshwater mussels was in the direct impact zone of new pier construction for the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Replacement project, located in the Quad Cities, in Iowa and Illinois. 

 

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In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

 

Rusty patched bumble bee

Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States -- and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states -- to be declared endangered.

 

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Last updated: December 12, 2017