U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Midwest

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Picking up the mantle for our newest midwest refuges

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:00
We know that hands-on experience and time in the field help build great land managers. With that in mind, we’re proud to welcome Todd Boonstra as the new project leader for Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. Help us wish him well as he charts the next steps for two of our newest refuges here in the midwest.

Draft Environmental Assessment for Pucker Street Dam Removal and Dowagiac River Restoration Project Open For Public Review

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:20
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pleased to announce, in partnership with the Pucker Street Dam Committee, the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Pucker Street Dam Removal and Dowagiac River Restoration Project in Niles, Michigan.

Weekly Wrap-up: November 30 - December 6, 2018

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features cardinal coloring, turtle cramps, traveling grosbeaks and more!

Illegal caviar operation leads to prison time

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:00
A joint undercover investigation into the illegal commercialization of paddlefish has resulted in one violator being sentenced to two years in prison. We want to thank our law enforcement colleagues with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for spearheading this case. This undercover operation involved law enforcement professionals from four states and took several years to complete in support of paddlefish conservation.

Weekly Wrap-up: November 23 - 29, 2018

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features fantastic beasts, calling owls, a pheasant pair and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: November 16 - 22, 2018

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a turkey trot, identifying woodpeckers, overwintering turtles and more!

Winter adventures are waiting for you at a national wildlife refuge

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:00
Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter. We know how much you love to hike, bike and paddle across America’s national wildlife refuges and winter is a great time to get out and explore. Here are a few fun ways to get outside in the colder months and see some amazing sights! Check it out and start planning your trip.

Weekly Wrap-up: November 9 - 15, 2018

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features whooping crane sightings, migrating vultures, bobcats on the hunt and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: November 2 - 8, 2018

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features deer season, pumpkin snacks, owl sightings and more!

Honoring veterans in the midwest

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:00
In honor of Veterans Day, we are highlighting some exceptional employees. These are just a few of the veterans who have gone above and beyond in their everyday duties. We honor and thank you all for your bravery and commitment to protect our freedom and the opportunity to fulfill our mission of conserving fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Weekly Wrap-up: October 26 - November 1, 2018

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features winter coats, dove diets, a spooky owl and more!

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces notice of funding opportunity for FY 2019 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to states, tribes and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, January 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Weekly Wrap-up: October 19 - 25, 2018

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features Halloween prep, feathered friends, changes of appetite and more!

Service work supports public land access on both federal and state land

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:00
We're excited to celebrate the opening of new public lands – whether federal, state or local. One way we support access to public lands for hunting and fishing is through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. State land acquisition grants are used to acquire and manage wildlife management areas, which are open to the public and managed for wildlife. The below example from Iowa highlights a project we recently funded which expands public access to a unique natural area and provides multiple recreation opportunities. This story is reprinted with permission from Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Weekly Wrap-up: October 12 - 18, 2018

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features pumpkin spiders, milkweed seeds, dragonfly migration and more!