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Conservation leaders honored with national awards

5 hours 30 min ago
Yesterday, the National Wildlife Refuge Association celebrated the 114th anniversary of the National Wildlife System and the people who help protect America’s lands and waters. Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius was honored to recognize two Midwest Region award winners as a part of the Association’s 2017 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards for outstanding conservation management skills and volunteer leadership in Washington, D.C.

The road to ensuring a future filled with monarchs

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:00
Managing rights-of ways for monarchs and other pollinators is part of the ‘all hands on deck’ conservation to ensure a future filled with monarchs. The Illinois Department of Transportation has recently joined a growing list of government allies to the monarch butterfly by adjusting its mowing routine along state highways.

Detroit becomes 29th urban bird treaty city

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00
Regional Director Tom Melius joined partners in the Detroit Nature Network May 22 for a signing that designates Detroit an Urban Bird Treaty City. The ceremony included representatives from the City of Detroit Office of Sustainability, Detroit Audubon, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Working toward conservation on every level

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:00
We have always focused on the conservation of fish and wildlife for the benefit of the American people. Simply put, it’s our mission. Whether you’re a field biologist getting your boots dirty on a restoration project in the field or the administrative specialist who ordered those boots from back in the office, we all make conservation happen, every day and at every level of our organization.

Moving the needle toward recovery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honors Midwest endangered species recovery champions

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:00
Innovation, expertise and decades of effort on behalf of imperiled species highlight the accomplishments of two Midwest biologists named by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as 2016 Endangered Species Recovery Champions. The Midwest champions are among 31 individuals and teams across the United States named by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work with endangered and threatened species.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 12 - May 18, 2017

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features baby birds, powerful pollinators, resident woodpeckers and more!

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on draft environmental assessment for the Erie Marsh Preserve Coastal Wetland Restoration Project

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:00
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for The Nature Conservancy, is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment. The Erie Marsh Preserve is a privately-owned component of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.The goal of the project is to complete a four-phase restoration project focused on wetland management and invasive species control.The proposed project will completed the final two phases of the project, which will restore hydrologic and ecological connectivity between Lake Erie and approximately 946-acres of coastal wetlands of the Erie Marsh Preserve. This environmental assessment was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act that applies to the actions of all federal agencies.The draft environmental assessment evaluates both the proposed action for phase III and IV and no action alternatives.

Protecting America's Treasures: Recognizing Federal Wildlife Officer of the Year

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:00
Federal Wildlife Officer Rob Hirschboeck was named as 2016 Midwest Region Federal Wildlife Officer of the Year for his continuing efforts to protect national wildlife refuge lands.

Filling the city with butterflies

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:00
We love monarch butterflies and so does Des Moines, Iowa! Since 2015, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge has been working for more than two years to get more monarchs in and around this city of 209,000 people through an innovative collaboration called People for Pollinators.

Weekly Wrap-up: May 5 - May 11, 2017

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a free lunch, stunning sturgeon, young eagles and more!

I found this baby bird - What should I do?

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 09:00
During the spring and summer, wildlife refuges, parks, zoos and veterinary clinics across the country are presented with a problem. People working in their yards, walking on trails or visiting other outdoor sites find a baby bird that cannot yet fly. It seems apparent that there are no adult birds tending to the youngster, so people immediately assume that the fledgling needs help. So they scoop up the bird, put it in a cardboard box, and bring it to the nearest facility they can think of to save the youngster. Sadly, this act of kindness probably does more harm than good.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 28 - May 5, 2017

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features playful kits, fluffy goslings, a baby porcupine and more!

Old Man Plover returns – right on time

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:00
He’s back! Old Man Plover, a Great Lakes piping plover also known as BO:X,g (his color band combination), has made it back to his breeding site once again at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. BO:X,g is, by any standards, an old bird. At 15 years old, he has lived three times longer than the average age for a piping plover.

Mentoring tomorrow’s federal wildlife officers

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:00
Law enforcement professionals from across the region spent their Saturday with 48 youth who wanted to learn more about what it takes to become a conservation officer. The group met at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge where they covered everything from forensic science to bird identification.

Weekly Wrap-up: April 21 - April 27, 2017

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features turtle crossings, pileated pairs, baby raccoons and more!

Weekly Wrap-up: April 14 - April 20, 2017

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features baby bison, grassland shorebirds, natural pest control and more!

Clamping down on illegal grass carp sales in Indiana

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:00
Thanks to the proactive work of state and federal law enforcement professionals, an Arkansas-based live fish distributor is no longer illegally transporting and selling nonnative grass carp in Indiana.

Reward offered in bald eagle case

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:00
We are working to close a case involving the shooting of an American bald eagle in Indiana and we need your help. We are seeking information regarding an eagle that was found shot and left for dead in northwest Boone County in March.

Kelley Myers heads up Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:00
Kelley Myers, formerly with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the new coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Kelley’s appointment by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius follows the retirement of former coordinator Glen Salmon, who retired in November 2016. While with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Kelley served as Conservation Recreation Division Administrator, overseeing fish and wildlife, state parks, forestry, land and water trail, real property acquisition, facility improvement and conservation law enforcement programs for the state of Iowa.

Midwest region honored with national awards

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 09:00
On April 5, 2017, the National Wildlife Refuge Association announced their 2017 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards for outstanding conservation management skills and volunteer leadership.