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Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

Status: Proposed as Threatened

 

Proposal to List as Threatened and Designate Critical Habitat

Dakota skipper on prairie lily.

Photo by USFWS; Phil Delphey

 

Status: Proposed as Threatened

 

Habitat: High quality tallgrass and mixed grass prairie

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

 

Proposal to List Dakota skipper as Threatened and Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat

 

New! Section 7 Consultation Guidance

 

September 23, 2014: Draft Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Available; Re-opening Comment Period on Critical Habitat Proposal and 4(d) Rule Proposal

 

October 24, 2013: Proposal to List Dakota skipper as Threatened and Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat

 

The Dakota skipper is a small- to mid-sized butterfly that inhabits high-quality tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States, and the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada. The species is presumed to be extirpated from Iowa and Illinois and from many sites within occupied its range in the United States.

 

The Dakota skipper is threatened by degradation of its native prairie habitat by overgrazing, invasive species, gravel mining, and herbicide applications; inbreeding, population isolation, and prescribed fire threaten some populations.

 

Dakota Skipper Natural History and Status:

Dakota Skipper Fact Sheet

 

Proposal to List as Threatened

 

Dakota Skipper Status Assessment (June 2002) PDF; 84 pages; 600KB

 

Dakota Skipper Conservation and Management:

Dakota Skipper Conservation Guidelines (revised January 2014)

 

Dakota Skipper Section 7 Guidance

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Restore Native Prairie and Oak Savanna Communities In the Little Sioux Watershed in Northwest Iowa – Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, and O’Brien Counties, Iowa

 

Private Stewardship Grant (2005): Imperiled Species Conservation on Private Land in Western Minnesota (Wilkin, Ottertail, Grant, Pope, Kandiyohi, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties, Minnesota)

 


 

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Last updated: September 22, 2014