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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

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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.

Duff Lake Fen restoration project opens public access in Indiana

Sedge wrens are one bird species that has benefited from the Duff Lake restoration project. Photo courtesy of Brian Wulker/Creative Commons.
Sedge wrens are one bird species that has benefited from the Duff Lake restoration project. Photo courtesy of Brian Wulker/Creative Commons.

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program assists voluntary landowners to transform unused and degraded property into desirable habitat that provides food, shelter and water for wildlife. These restored areas are often designed to provide a place for outdoor recreation activities. In 2015, the program and LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department got their boots on the ground to start the Duff Lake Fen Restoration Project in northeast Indiana.

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Designing award winning parks for people and wildlife

A vacant lot was enhanced and restored with native plants. Photo courtesy of Zachary Branigan/Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.
A vacant lot was enhanced and restored with native plants. Photo courtesy of Zachary Branigan/Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

On February 8, 2018, the O.U.R. Saginaw Project was awarded the 2017 Park Design of the Year by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association. The Park Design award recognizes groups and organizations for projects that contain landscape and facility components such as splash pads, outdoor aquatic facilities, sports fields, playgrounds and trails.

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Return on investment: New data collection tool aids in invasive carp effort

eDNA staff uses a tablet to record data and communicate between the field and mobile eDNA lab. Photo by Monica Blaser/USFWS.
Using a tablet to record data. Photo by Monica Blaser/USFWS.

Each year we collect between 7,000 and 9,000 water samples as part of the Midwest Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program’s environmental DNA (eDNA) work. The water samples are collected from the Upper Mississippi River, Ohio River, Tennessee River, Chicago Area Waterway System, the Illinois River, and tributaries of the Great Lakes. Following collection, water samples are sent to Service’s Whitney Genetics Lab in La Crosse, Wisconsin where scientists look for the presence of trace genetic material from invasive bighead or silver carps.

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Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery

Two young girls enjoy Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin on February 3, 2018.  Photo by USFWS.
Two girls enjoy Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery. Photo by USFWS.

On February 3, 2018 staff from Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin hosted their annual kids ice fishing clinic. Though the day was chilly, more than 640 people were in attendance. The pond was stocked with rainbow trout, and each child was given a catch limit of three fish.

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