U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Two Prairie Butterfly SpeciesUnder Endangered species Act
Poweshiek skipperlings are small butterflies most often found in remnants of native prairie in Iowa, Minnesota,
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and in fens in Michigan. However, this skipperling may have been
extirpated from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa within the last 10 years.
Photo courtesy of Cale Nordmeyer/Minnesota Zoo
October 23, 2014
The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species are butterflies that depend on prairie habitat and have suffered population declines due to loss and degradation of their native grasslands.
Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined dramatically; it no longer occurs on almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found.
The Poweshiek skipperling, once found in eight states and Canada, now occurs in only a few native prairie remnants in Wisconsin and Michigan and in Manitoba, Canada. Surveys indicate Poweshiek skipperlings have vanished from about 96 percent of the sites where they once occurred. It is uncertain if there are any existing Poweshiek skipperling populations in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.
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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed Under ESA
September 11, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $35 Million in Grants: four Midwest states share $1.5 million
September 11, 2014: Midwest Region Hosts 2014 White-nose Syndrome Symposium
Ohio State University Professor Joined East Lansing
Field Office for Six Weeks with the
Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
Dr. Bob Gates from Ohio State University participated in the Service’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the
East Lansing Field Office in Michigan.
Photo by Greg Soulliere/USFWS
September 2, 2014
With years serving as a great mentor to Ohio State University students, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Bob Gates applied for and recently spent six weeks participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. The East Lansing Field Office in Michigan hosted Dr. Gates as he worked with regional Joint Venture science staff and other wetland conservation partners from Michigan and Ohio.
The Service is committed to achieving an inclusive workforce by ensuring employees represent the rich cultural heritage of America and the Faculty Fellowship Program provides a stipend and opportunity for professors to work at Service facilities. They work to complete campus conservation career awareness plans, which are expected to include assisting the Service with student recruitment and mentoring, seeking college course adjustments to reflect emerging trends in conservation and biological planning, and assisting the Service with research. The Ohio State University was a prime candidate school, with its large enrollment of students from a variety of backgrounds and the school’s emphasis in natural resources and wildlife management.
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August 28,2014: Women in Science: Connecting with the Future - Tameka Dandridge, Wildlife Biologist
August 26, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.3 Million in Grants to 30 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease
August 13, 2014: Public Advisory: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
June 30, 2014: Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species
Senator Levin visits Kirtland's Warbler Territory
June 3, 2014
Michigan Senator Carl Levin got an up-close look at Kirtland’s warbler habitat – and even spotted one of the endangered birds – during a tour with staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing, Michigan, Field Office. Joining the senator were representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Huron Pines, both important partners, along with the U.S. Forest Service, in the effort to recover this endangered species. On hand from East Lansing were field supervisor Scott Hicks, assistant field supervisor, Jack Dingledine and Chris Mensing, the Kirtland’s warbler recovery coordinator.
Jack described the visit:
It was a grand day. The weather was perfect. We arrived at a stand of young jack pine in the afternoon and Chris provided a great narrative of the bird and our program. Scott gave an update on where we are in recovery, the value of partnerships in this effort and our recent initiative.
Upon arrival things were pretty quiet and we weren't sure the Senator would see a Kirtland's. We walked a ways, talking more about the program. Then we heard a male sing. In another moment, a male appeared in a tree right next to the two-track we were standing on...and there he was in plain sight for all to see. A great success!
Only 170 pairs of Kirtland’s warblers survived in northern Lower Michigan in 1971. Thanks to protections of the Endangered Species Act and dedicated efforts of federal, state and local agencies and conservation groups, nesting pair numbers in Michigan and Wisconsin topped 2,000 in 2012.
See more photos of Kirtland’s warblers, listen to a podcast and find out about the successful effort to save them from extinction.
April 11, 2014: Consumers Energy/Resource Agencies Annual Steering Committee Meeting
The annual Steering Committee meeting was held April 11, 2014, at the Consumers' office in Lansing, Michigan. The Steering Committee was formed to provide oversight and to keep informed by the MMAC Team (Consumers/Resource Agencies) about the implementation of the 1994 Settlement Agreement. The Settlement covers 11 hydroelectric dams . . . More »
April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan.
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March 15, 2014: Endangered Species Presentation at Sarett Nature Center
March 25, 2014: Wind Energy Meeting
Consumers Energy hosted a wind energy meeting at the Henry Building on the campus of the Michigan State University on March 25, 2014. The East Lansing Field Office was the main organizer and gave presentations that included the Endangered Species Act, eagles and the land-based guidelines. More »
March 26, 2014: Presentation on Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation to Corps of Engineers Detroit District Regulatory Office Staff Training
March 24, 2014: Great Lakes Piping Plover topic of Lecture at Kalamazoo Audubon Society
Lisa Williams Wins USFWS Science Leadership Award!
February 11, 2014
Dr. Lisa Williams, the Branch Chief of Environmental Contaminants at the East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office in Michigan, is the 2013 recipient of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Leadership Award. The national award recognizes a Service employee’s outstanding practice and support of scientific activities that improve the bureau’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources.
“Dr. Lisa Williams is a scientist, leader and mentor,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “She infuses her work with a contagious passion for conservation. We are proud she has received national distinction for her accomplishments in the environmental contaminants field.”
Dr. Williams served as the Assistant Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife Response - Houma Sector of the Deepwater Horizon Spill and as Branch Director and Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife and Environmental Assessment for the Michigan Enbridge Line 6B Pipeline Spill, the nation’s largest inland oil spill. During those crises, Dr. Williams used ecologically, scientifically sound and acceptable practices and principles leading to effective and efficient response measures for both spills.
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More about the awards and the nomination process
January 23, 2014: Guest Lecture at Lake Erie Center: NRDA and Restoration in the Great Lakes
Jan. 8, 2014: Young Artists Encouraged to Enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
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