Endangered Species
Midwest Region


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


Endangered Species Program

Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems



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

Great Lakes piping plover, the threatened Karner blue butterfly and other wildlife of

conservation concern in the Midwest.

Photo by USFWS 


Recognizing champions: Making a difference for threatened and endangered species

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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Dragonfly Eggs for Easter!

Hine's emerald dragonfly eggs arrived at Genoa National Fish Hatchery.

Genoa National Fish Hatchery received 100 Hine’s emerald dragonfly eggs from the University of South Dakota on Easter Day, April 1st, 2018. Collection efforts for 2017 in both Door County, Wisconsin and near Chicago, Illinois improved greatly over 2016, allowing the station to work with the eggs again and learn more about this early life stage. 


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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly



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



Service and Partners Celebrate Remarkable Conservation Victory as Once Critically Imperiled Songbird Declared Saved from Threat of Extinction

Kirtland's warbler

Amidst catastrophic population declines leaving fewer than 200 known pairs in existence in the early 1970s, the Kirtland's warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, this songbird has rebounded.


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Kirtland's Warbler

For this Missouri bat ambassador, conservation begins at home

Dave Murphy, a commissioner of the Missouri Department of Conservation, wokring on his farm.

Dave Murphy doesn’t remember the first time he seriously thought about bats. Maybe it was the memories of bats occasionally entering the old farmhouse and flying around inside. “I don’t remember us ever killing one, just catching it and putting it outside.”


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Indiana Bat



Eureka! Mussel discovery made in a tub

Tricia Anderson, Natural Resource Technician, checks the growth of juvenile mussels.

Tucked away just off the shore of Lake Pepin in Minnesota, the Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs (CAMP) facility operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is staffed and equipped for an overarching mission: conserving native mussels. Tubs, tanks and tubes fill the research facility with the sound of running water.


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Freshwater Mussels



Whooping crane chicks expected to head north

Two adult whooping cranes.

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership members are awaiting the return to Wisconsin of 16 young whooping cranes and hoping the coming breeding season exceeds the promising results achieved last year. The 2017 cranes represented a mix of birds hatched in the wild, birds hatched in captivity and raised by adult cranes.


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Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership


South Korean documentarians learn from Ecological Service staff – it’s the bee’s knees!

Service staff Tamara Smith and Pete Fasbender take a selfie with members of the Chuncheon Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, including Director Jae-Gyu Lee

A documentary film crew from Chuncheon Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, one of the leading South Korean television and radio network companies, were in the United States for only a few days, but traveled from coast to coast to interview key subjects for their documentary about bees.


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Rusty patched bumble bee



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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: May 21, 2018