Chicago Illinois Field Office
With passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Congress found that:
(1) various species of fish, wildlife and plants in the United States have been rendered extinct as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation
(2) other species of fish, wildlife and plants have been so depleted in numbers that they are in danger of, or threatened with extinction; and
(3) these species of fish, wildlife and plants are of aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the United States and its people.
The intended purpose of the act is to provide a means by which ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend may be conserved and to provide a program for the conservation of those species.
Chicago Illinois Field Office Activities
The Endangered Species Act includes several key components, including: listing and recovery (section 4), cooperation with states (section 6), consultation between federal agencies (section 7), enforcement (section 9), and incidental take (section 10).
We work with other federal agencies, state and local agencies in the development of projects to minimize and avoid impacts to listed species or designated critical habitat occurring in our area. We are the lead Service office coordinating the recovery activities for the following species:
Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana)
Eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)
Mead's Milkweed (Asclepias meadii)
For more information on these and other federally endangered species in the Chicago area, visit our Chicago Species page.
For more information on federally threatened or endangered species in the Chicago area, contact our endangered species coordinator. For more information on endangered species nationwide, visit the Service's Endangered Species Program.
We assist agencies and the public by alerting them to the potential presence of federally-listed threatened or endangered species. The Chicago Illinois Field Office annually responds to hundreds of requests for information on the presence of threatened or endangered species. We do this by looking for records of a species near or on a proposed project site, and by assessing whether suitable habitat may be on a project site. We also assess indirect effects by considering the total scope of a proposed project. For more information on endangered species consultation, please see our Endangered Species Guidance Documents page.
NOTE: we do not have jurisdiction over state-listed species. For information on species listed as threatened or endangered by the state of Illinois, please visit the Endangered Species Protection Board and Natural Heritage pages on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' website.