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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 and plan your visit today »

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.

Endangered Species and Ecological Services

Endangered Piping Plover. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.
Endangered Piping Plover. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.

We administer the Endangered Species Act, identify environmental contamination and restore contaminated habitats, ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered during project planning and construction, and document the extent and status of our Nation’s wetlands.

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Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

Brook trout. Photo by USFWS.
Brook trout. Photo by USFWS.

We work with partners to restore and maintain fish and other aquatic resources at self-sustaining levels, protect the health of aquatic habitats, and provide opportunities to enjoy the benefits of healthy aquatic resources.

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Law Enforcement

Seized ivory. Photo by USFWS.
Seized ivory. Photo by USFWS.

We protect wildlife resources through the effective enforcement of federal laws. We assist with efforts to recover endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, safeguard fisheries, combat invasive species and promote international wildlife conservation.

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Migratory Birds

Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by James O. Durbin/USFWS.
Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by James O. Durbin/USFWS.

We monitor and manage a diverse range of birds, from waterfowl and raptors to shorebirds, grassland birds and songbirds, to help conserve and protect their habitats and ensure sustainable populations.

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National Wildlife Refuges

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

We administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats.

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Lake Wawasee in Indiana. Photo courtesy of Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation.
Lake Wawasee in Indiana. Photo courtesy of Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation.

We work with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are the leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation.

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Partnerships with Native Americans

Natural resource trustees celebrate restoration progress on Fox River. Photo by Betsy Galbraith/USFWS.
Celebrating restoration progress on Fox River. Photo by Betsy Galbraith/USFWS.

We conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats through effective working relationships with federally recognized tribes. We have a distinct, unique obligation and opportunity to work with tribes based on trust responsibilities, treaty provisions and statutory mandates.

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Science

Biologist collects water samples for eDNA analysis. Photo by USFWS.
Biologist collects water samples for eDNA analysis. Photo by USFWS.

We work with employees and partners to ensure that the necessary science tools and capacity are available for planning the most efficient and effective conservation actions to protect fish and wildlife.

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Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

Boating on the Mississippi River. Photo by Dave Menke/USFWS.
Boating on the Mississippi River. Photo by Dave Menke/USFWS.

We administer grant programs and work with fish and wildlife agencies in a grant partnership to protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and habitat resources.

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