U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Paddle through the Emiquon Preserve with Experts By Rich Egger • Jul 9, 2018 Rich Egger What’s described as a "big paddling event" is scheduled for this month at the Emiquon Preserve, which is a restored wetland along the Illinois River near Lewistown. In the Fields, A Search for Monarch Butterflies By Mike Tobias • Nov 20, 2015 Mike Tobias for Harvest Public Media The population of monarch butterflies has declined so dramatically in recent years that the iconic insect is being considered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list. In Nebraska and across the other areas of the Midwest, a stop on the monarch migration route, efforts are underway to determine the scope of the decline.