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The United States’ oldest operating federal fish hatchery turns 130!

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:50
Neosho National Fish Hatchery just turned 130 years old, and we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the history of the hatchery.

Weekly Wrap-up: August 3 - 9, 2018

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features little skinks, silent flight, bright blackbirds and more!

Working with partners to restore lake sturgeon to the Ontonagon River

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:00
Once an abundant resource, the Ontonagon River lake sturgeon population is now the focus of an exciting multi-agency restoration effort. We're partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ottawa National Forest, Upper Peninsula Power Company, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and U.S. Geological Survey to help bring these magnificent fish back to the river.

Weekly Wrap-up: July 27 - Augsut 2, 2018

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features vibrant grosbeaks, hardy cacti, firefly facts and more!

Riverine sanctuary celebrates 60 years of conservation - Celebrating the future and appreciating the past

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:00
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge is turning 60 this week! Bordering Iowa and Illinois, this river refuge was established in 1958 to provide habitat for migratory birds along the Mississippi flyway. Stopover habitat is essential for providing waterfowl places to rest and refuel. We invite you to join us and learn what makes this refuge so special.

Key migration stopover turns 60 - Celebrating the future and appreciating the past

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 09:00
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois and Missouri is celebrating its 60th birthday this week! This river refuge is only 20 air-miles from St. Louis, Missouri and almost 3 million people, yet it offers a quiet retreat for birding, fishing, hunting and so much more. We invite you to join us and learn what makes this refuge so special.

Join thousands of citizen scientists to save the monarch butterfly

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 09:00
From July 28 to August 5, 2018, citizens from Canada, Mexico and the United States are invited to join the second International Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Blitz to help identify the monarch butterfly's breeding sites that are essential to its survival. We hope you'll join us!

Weekly Wrap-up: July 20 - 26, 2018

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features chipmunk cheeks, snakes on the run, pollinator favorites and more!

Stopping a white-tailed deer poaching scheme in Iowa

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 09:00
We recognize how important quality, legal deer hunting opportunities are for all Americans. Thanks to a joint investigation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, we put an end to an illegal scheme to take white-tailed deer in Iowa. What started as a state-level investigation into the illegal use of deer tags led to a larger investigation that revealed 16 years of illegal activity by out of state poachers in rural Cedar County, dating as far back as 2002.

New test keeps frogs hopping

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 09:00
Amphibians and friends, rejoice! We're happy to report that scientists from our Midwest Fisheries Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin have developed and validated a non-lethal way to detect parasitic fungi and a virus, which can cause disease in frogs, toads, salamanders and newts. The method uses a single skin swab to test for the presence of three pathogens, so animals are happily hopping or wriggling away just minutes later. Unlike previous methods, the test subjects amphibians to minimal stress and therefore can be used on sensitive or threatened species.

Weekly Wrap-up: July 13 - 19, 2018

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features beetle control, skink sightings, little plovers and more!

Working with tribes: Lake sturgeon recovery efforts

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:00
Recovery efforts for lake sturgeon - a fish once common in the Great Lakes, Mississippi, and Hudson Bay - involve partnerships across governments. We're committed to supporting tribes as they exercise their sovereignty in the management of fish and wildlife resources on Federal Indian trust land and treaty reserved areas. Learn more about how we work to support their natural resource objectives for lake sturgeon recovery in this story written by Pat Brown from the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources and republished with permission from Red Lake News.

Three midwest tribes awarded tribal wildlife grants for species of traditional importance

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:00
We're pleased to announce funding for three tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects. These projects are awarded through our Tribal Wildlife Grant Program and total $563,279. The following federally recognized tribes will be awarded for their outstanding proposals: Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.

Weekly Wrap-up: July 6 - 12, 2018

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features nesting wrens, tiny turtles, singing cicadas and more!

How do birds keep cool in the summer?

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:00
Do you ever wonder how birds stay cool on hot summer days? We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to share some insights! Like people, birds can withstand changes in the weather and maintain their body temperature whether it’s hot or cold outside, but there are limits. When summer temperatures are on the rise, birds depend on adaptations to keep from overheating.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 29 - July 5, 2018

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features summer diets, climbing snakes, our national emblem and more!

Munising marina increases access to top Michigan attractions

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating increased boating access with our partners. On June 4, 2018 the Bayshore Marina in Munising, Michigan opened 24 new slips for recreational boaters traveling through Lake Superior. The Bayshore Marina received a Boating Infrastructure Grant through our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program to increase access while preserving the northern experience.

Weekly Wrap-up: June 22 - 28, 2018

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:00
Check out our best stories from around the web and social media. This week features a loon family, shrew snacks, whip-poor-will calls and more!

Exploring partnership potential at Huron National Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 09:00
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage a unique collection of lands across the midwest, including a few islands in the Great Lakes. North of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the cold waters of Lake Superior, sits Huron National Wildlife Refuge. This collection of eight small, granite islands is a rugged landscape and the summer nesting home to gulls and other migratory birds.

Don’t touch these plants! Six lookalikes you want to avoid

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:00
It can be difficult to determine whether you’re looking at hogweed, hemlock, parsnip or lace, but all of these plants have several things in common. Contact can cause unpleasant, potentially deadly, reactions. Most of these plants are invasive and easily grow in ditches and disturbed soils across the country. Get familiar with these species and remember to keep your distance!