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2016 News

 

Hunting for an Elusive Orchid

SCA intern Clair with flowering eastern prairie fringed orchid

SCA intern Clair with flowering eastern prairie fringed orchid

Photo by USFWS

 

February 1, 2016

 

Open Spaces is featuring posts by Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Since 1957, SCA has been connecting young people from all backgrounds with life-changing, career-making conservation service opportunities. Learn how you can get involved at www.thesca.org. Today, Claire Ellwanger checks in from the Chicago Ecological Services Office.

 

The search for orchids had begun. We were crouched on our hands and knees one day last summer, enveloped in humidity and prairie grasses. As we rustled the sedges and grasses, the mosquitoes floated up to surround us. We searched exhaustively on the ground where orchids had been seen in the last couple of years, sadly to no avail.

 

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Protections Finalized for Threatened Northern Long-Eared Bats

Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

 

January 14, 2016

 

In an effort to conserve the northern long-eared bat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others within the species’ range.

 

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