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Conserving the Nature
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
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Trustees restore Menominee Indian Tribe lands
Lands and waters important to the Menominee Indian Tribe were restored as part of efforts under the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment. After the damage assessment was conducted, the trustee council determined there was work to be done to restore tribal land and water to a healthy state. At the forefront of the partnership and restoration was supporting the efforts of the Menominee Indian Tribe and the Oneida Nation to enhance their specific cultural practices and restore the land so that community members can hunt, fish, hike, collect medicinal plants and partake in the traditions that their cultures are built upon.
Bringing Back Oneida Lake
Restoring resources lost to contamination is a primary goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program. Especially important is restoring resources of cultural importance to Native American tribes. For the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, regaining the use of Oneida Lake is a decades-old dream.
Something’s fishy in Green Bay
The muskellunge is a large freshwater fish native to North America and an exciting sportfish for many anglers in the Midwest. Muskies can be found in lakes and rivers all over the Great Lakes Region, into Canada, and the upper Mississippi River drainage. These days, Green Bay is seen by many as one of the finest muskie-producing bodies of water in North America. But it wasn’t like that just a few years ago.
Illinois-Iowa Field Office initiates partnership with agriculture to make a difference
The American golden plover breeds on the Arctic tundra and migrates through the Midwest to wintering grounds on campos of Uruguay and the pampas of Argentina. During the northward migration back to the breeding grounds, an estimated 60% of the global population makes one of the final stops in agricultural fields near Champaign, Illinois to feed on nightcrawlers and earthworms that are prevalent in this area.
Threats to birds and some solutions: Updating lighting method on communications towers can save millions of birds annually
Twice a year an amazing variety of sizes, shapes and colors of birds fill the skies as they migrate across this region, most surviving an equally amazing variety of challenges. One such challenge is navigating around communications towers, which kill an estimated 6.5 million birds annually through collisions with towers or guy wires used in tower support.
Response to Spill of Dielectric Fluid from Cables in the Straits of Mackinac
Two of six high-voltage electrical transmission lines that lie on the bottom across the Straits of Mackinac experienced breaks on April 1, 2018. American Transmission Company, owner of the lines, estimated that approximately 600 gallons of dielectric fluid, consisting of a mixture of synthetic mineral oils with the appearance of a light vegetable oil, were likely released.
Removal of Alcott Street Dam benefits Michigan’s Portage Creek
As part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Superfund site along the Kalamazoo River in Kalamazoo, Michigan, trustees are working to remove the Alcott Street Dam and restore about 3,000 feet of Portage Creek.
What We Do
- administer the Endangered Species Act
- identify sources of environmental contamination, assess impacts of contaminants to fish and wildlife resources, and help restore contaminated habitats
- ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered by Federal agencies during project planning and construction of roads, bridges, dams, etc.
- document the extent and status of our Nation's wetlands.
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.