Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

Conserving the Nature
of America

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.

 

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service in the Midwest

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.
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Wind Energy Development

Information to Protect Wildlife

 

Silhouettes of wind turbines at sunrise.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that it is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources. The wind energy industry is a key part of that development, and wind energy facilities are expanding in the Midwest.

 

As wind energy production increases, both wind energy developers and wildlife agencies have recognized the need for a system to evaluate and address the potential negative impacts of wind energy projects on species of concern. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working with the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee, developed the voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. These voluntary Guidelines provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy development.

 


 

Guidance for Wind Energy Development

 

 

Bald eagle soaring against a blue sky.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has guidance to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats, including bald eagles and endangered species.

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildife Service Role in Wind Energy Development and Operation

 

 

Biologist holding a bat that had been captured in a mist net.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead agency responsible for safeguarding federally-protected wildlife and administering federal wildlife protection laws.

 

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Resources for Wildlife Consideration in Wind Energy Development

 

 

Nesting least tern

Resources are available to help wind energy developers and operators site and operate facilities to minimize impacts to wildlife.

 

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