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Service partners with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund:
includes grant to Iowa
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation released its grant slate for this year’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. The Fund awarded 23 grants for $3.7 million with an additional $5.8 in matching contributions, generating more than $9 million for conservation. Of those awarded, several projects highlight our work and the work of our partners.
“The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund delivers tremendous support through partnership-focused conservation efforts to ensure a future filled with monarchs,” said Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The 2017 grants will enable us, our partners, and the public to continue providing on-the-ground results that are vital for this species that is so important in our native ecosystems as well as to thousands of farmers who rely on pollinators to help provide food to the citizens of America.”
Service provides $1 million to states to combat bat-killing fungal disease
Funding totals $166,292 to battle disease in six Midwest states
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced over $1 million in grants to 37 states and the District of Columbia to help combat white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats in recent years. Funds will help states find ways to prevent the spread of WNS while increasing survival rates of afflicted species.
Flexing Our Mussels!
In conjunction with the I-74 freshwater mussel relocation, the Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office has started developing new education materials to strengthen the community’s understanding of freshwater mussels. Contract biologists are partnering with the Iowa Department of Transportation to create presentations, activities, lesson plans, posters and other interactive and engaging materials for educators and individuals to use.
Service and students connect for Iowa pollinators
Last summer, I met Erin Allen, a Bettendorf, Iowa, middle school science teacher. Erin was working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Mississippi River Project Office as part of Iowa's S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) program, which places teachers in science, technology, engineering and math in jobs so that they can bring back real life experiences to their students. Through our discussions about projects she might do to introduce her seventh graders to real-world science, the idea of a prairie restoration bloomed.
Mussels get a lift around bridge replacement project on the Mississippi River
What do you do with hundreds of thousands of freshwater mussels in the way of an interstate highway bridge over the Mississippi River? You move them. A unique and sizeable mussel bed with a diverse population of freshwater mussels was in the direct impact zone of new pier construction for the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Replacement project, located in the Quad Cities, in Iowa and Illinois.
In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered
Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States -- and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states -- to be declared endangered.
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