Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

 

Twin Cities Field Office

4101 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 612-725-3548
Fax: 612-725-3609
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

e-mail: TwinCities@fws.gov

 

 


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Designing Towards Restoring High Quality Habitat in Degraded

"Areas of Concern"

 

Clough Island

Photo by USFWS; Zachary Jorgenson

 

January 9, 2014

The St. Louis River is the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, and while supporting a major Great Lakes port, has been the site of 100 years of industrialization and urban development. The lower 21 miles consists of a 12,000-acre estuary providing important wetland, sand beach, forested, and aquatic habitat types for a wide variety of fish and wildlife communities. The lower portion of the St. Louis River and surrounding watershed was designated an Area of Concern in 1989 due to the presence of chemical contaminants, poor water quality, reduced fish and wildlife populations and habitat loss. The Environmental Contaminants program at the Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office has been an active partner within the lower St. Louis River conservation community for more than 15 years, assisting Area of Concern recovery efforts through investigations of chemical effects, advising on contaminated sediment remediation, spill contingency planning, assessing natural resource damages, and supporting a variety of other fish and wildlife habitat projects.

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Butterflies

 

Dakota skipper on purple coneflower.

Photo by Erik Runquist; Minnesota Zoo

 

October 23, 2013

Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

The Service has proposed the Dakota skipper as a threatened species. Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper has experienced a dramatic decline in numbers and no longer occurs on half the sites where previously found.

 

The Poweshiek skipperling is proposed as endangered. This butterfly, once found in eight states and Canada, now occurs only in a few native prairie remnants in Wisconsin and Michigan, and in Manitoba, Canada. Surveys indicate that Poweshiek skipperlings are gone from nearly 90 percent of the sites where they were previously found.

 

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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Proposed Listing and Proposed Critical Habitat

 

Dakota Skipper Home

 

Poweshiek Skipperling Home

 

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October 17, 2013: First Year of the CRI Freshwater Mussel Project Completed: Details on the Spectaclecase Portion

 

Spectaclecase

 

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Oct. 2, 2013: Northern long-eared bat proposed as endangered

News Release
Northern Long-eared Bat Home

 

Northern long-eared bat

 

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 Sept. 27, 2013: Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act

 

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Red Knot Home

 

Red Knot

 

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Sept. 26, 2013: Revised Critical Habitat for Canada Lynx Proposed - no new changes for Minnesota

 

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May 22, 2013: Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award Winners; Resident from Minnesota Honored

 

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May 14, 2013: Mussels Gain Ground in the Twin Cities

 

Higgins eye pearlymussels

 

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April 22: Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day, CBS News highlighted 12 endangered species, including the Higgins eye pearlymussel and Indiana bat. Check it out!


Higgins eye pearlymussel

 

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Feb. 11, 2013: Service Announces Annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest

 

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January 14, 2013: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begins Commemoration of 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

 


 

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Last updated: October 23, 2014