Endangered Species
Midwest Region

Endangered Species Program

Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems



Midwest Region

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


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Male Poweshiek skipperling on a black-eye susan.

Male Poweshiek skipperling
Photo by Tamara Smith; USFWS


First-ever releases of Poweshiek skipperling!

We’ve reached a milestone in our efforts to prevent the extinction of the Poweshiek skipperling, an endangered prairie butterfly. In June, the Minnesota Zoo successfully released two captive-reared Poweshiek skipperling butterflies at a prairie fen site in Oakland County, Michigan. The release is the culmination of a multi-year, international conservation effort to save this highly endangered species. Just days prior to the Michigan release, another recovery partner, the Assiniboine Park Zoo, successfully released six captive-reared Poweshiek skipperlings in southeastern Manitoba. It is estimated that fewer than 200 Poweshiek skipperlings remain worldwide, which means that the addition of these eight butterflies is especially significant. The Manitoba release was the world’s first release of captive-reared Poweshiek skipperlings, while the Michigan effort marks the first-ever release in the United States.


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Poweshiek Skipperling


An ear to the sky: new training helps track bats

Acoustic bat monitor

Have you “heard” the news? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center is offering a new training course called Evaluating Acoustic Bat Surveys for ESA Compliance, which covers the ins and outs of using acoustic bat surveys for regulatory compliance. The inaugural course was held at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky from May 7 to 11, 2018 and by all accounts was a success!

Learn more by visiting DOI Learn and search for CSP 2111 in the courses.

Indiana Bat

Northern Long-eared Bat


Celebrate Pollinators!

Rusty patched bumble bee on a culver's root flower.

These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar.

Pollinators Sweeten Summer Foods

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Monarch Butterfly

What you can do - Midwest Plant Guide for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


Kids and Families Learn about Pollinators

Service biologist Jill Utrup assists a student in making a seed bomb. Seed bombs contain native nectar plant seeds.

Jill Utrup and Kelly Nail, two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists from the Minnesota-Wisconsin Ecological Services office, reached out to students in the Twin Cities area at Garlough Environmental Magnet School's Environmental Explorers Fair.

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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Monarch Butterfly

Recognizing champions: Making a difference for threatened and endangered species

Tom Schneider, Curator of Birds at Detroit Zoological Society has worked to recover critically endangered

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pleased to announce the Midwest Region Recovery Champion Award winners for 2017. Each year we celebrate the contributions of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference for threatened and endangered species. Help us recognize this year’s winners and learn about how they support our continued work to recover America’s most threatened and endangered animals and plants.


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Bats for the Future

Hibernating tricolored bat with symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

One way the Service is battling for bats is through the Bats for the Future Fund. Working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, the Service is soliciting proposals to test or deploy white-nose syndrome treatments and management tools.


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White-nose Syndrome


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What We Do

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act. To fulfill our responsibilities, we do the following:


Candidate Conservation: identify and assess declining species that may need Endangered Species Act protection and take steps to conserve those species.


Listing: take steps to list candidate species as endangered or threatened and designate critical habitat. We also remove species from the Threatened and Endangered Species List ("delist") when they no longer need Endangered Species Act protection.


Recovery: protect, conserve and restore listed species. Recovery Report to Congress: 2009 to 2010 (PDF 3.1MB)


Section 7 Technical Assistance

Section 7 consultation guidance for Federal agencies and their applicants (i.e., project proponents).

Section 7 Consultation: all Federal agencies have a responsiblity to conserve threatened and endangered species and to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species. Under the authority of Section 7 of the Act, we consult with Federal agencies to help them fulfill their obligations.


Permits: issue permits to "take" listed species, under certain conditions.


Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs): work with Incidental Take permit applicants to help them prepare HCPs that minimize and mitigate the effects of their incidental take.


Grants: provide grants to States under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act. These funds may, in turn, be awarded to private landowners and groups for conservation projects.


State Field Offices

We have Ecological Services Field Offices in each of the eight upper Midwest States. For project reviews, Section 7 consultation, or information about endangered species that you do not find on this site, please contact the Field Office in your state.



“Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of
preservation than the rich array of animal life with
which our country has been blessed. It is a many faceted
treasure, of value to scholars, scientists,
and nature lovers alike, and it forms a vital part
of the heritage we all share as Americans.”


Bloom of the prairie bush clover.  Photo by USFWS: Phil Delphey

Last updated: August 20, 2018