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2015 News


Bringing Back a Beauty


Hine's emerald dragonfly larva.

June 16, 2015


The Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin provides more than 30 million fish, eggs and mussels of more than 26 species to meet conservation and research needs all across the country, from New Mexico to Georgia. And now the hatchery is raising the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly, the only dragonfly on the Endangered Species list.


Dragonflies play an important role in nature. They catch and eat small flying insects, including mosquitoes, biting flies and gnats. In their immature stage (larvae), dragonflies are an important food source for larger aquatic animals such as fish. They also serve as excellent water quality watchdogs.


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May 18, 2015: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Propose Actions to Build on Successes of Endangered Species Act



April 20, 2015: Winners Announced for 2015 Saving Endangered species Yout Art Contest
Art of a Kentucky arrow darter by a sixth-grader from California received the Grand Prize in the 2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.

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2015 Art Contest Winner



April 17, 2015: Bats to Benefit fro Historic North American Agreement
For the first time in history, North American nations have formalized their shared interest in bat conservation.


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Conservation leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States sign the historic bat conservation Letter of Intent. Credit: Chris Tollefson / USFWS



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects
Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

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


Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome; a disease caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Tayler; University of Illinois


April 1, 2015


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.


At the same time, the Service issued an interim special rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat. The public is invited to comment on this interim rule as the Service considers whether modifications or exemptions for additional categories of activities should be included in a final 4(d) rule that will be finalized by the end of the calendar year. The Service is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until July 1, 2015 and may make revisions based on additional information it receives.


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Northern Long-eared Bat Home


White-nose Syndrome



Feb. 23, 2015: Dragonflies to Arrive at Genoa Fish Hatchery in 2015

Hine's emerald dragonfly larvae



How Saving One Butterfly Could Help

Save the Prairie

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Photo by Keenan Adams;USFWS


February 12, 2015


Winter Seed Prep

People love monarch butterflies. They are big, vibrant and easy for people to watch in their gardens. If monarchs disappeared from the landscape, people would notice.

Don’t think of the monarch as one butterfly, think of it as a mosaic of prairie plants and animals that all need the same things - soil, sun and time to grow. Even in the face of massive habitat loss, we have been making a home for monarchs and species of the the wider prairie ecosystem for decades.


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Find out more about the milkweed and nectar plants that are right for your geographic area.





Feb. 9, 2015: Service Teams with Conservation Partners to Launch Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly, Engage Millions of Americans


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FWS Monarch Home

Monarch Butterfly on New Englad aster. By Joel Trick



Jan. 30, 2015: Service Announcs Annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

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Southern Sea Otter



Jan. 15, 2015: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Special
Rule to Focus Protections for Northern Long-Eared Bat: Rule Would Apply if Species is Listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

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Midwest Region: Northern Long-eared Bat Proposal to List »

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Northern long-eared bat



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