Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

 

Twin Cities Field Office

4101 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 952-252-0092
Fax: 952-646-2873
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

e-mail: TwinCities@fws.gov

 

 


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2015 News and Feature Stories

 

 

July 7, 2015: Monitoring for Endangered Poweshiek Skipperling in Wisconsin


Baltimore checkerspot - Photo Credit: Andrew Horton, USFWS

 


 

 

July 1, 2015: Service Works with Minnesota Zoo to Rear Threatened Butterfly


Female Dakota skipper reared at Minnesota Zoo.  Photo Courtesy of Erik Runquist

 


 

 

June 30, 2015: Searching for the northern long-eared bat on the Chippewa National Forest


U.S. Forest Service Biologist Kari Kirschbaum releases a female northern long-eared bat with transmitter. - Photo Credit: Jill Utrup, USFWS

 


 

Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily Surveys

Minnesota dwarf trout lily

Minnesota dwarf trout lily

Photo by Andrew Horton/USFWS

 

Three Service employees of the Twin Cities Field Office and the Midwest Regional Office took part in population surveys for the Minnesota dwarf trout lily. Surveys were led by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault. We were joined by 15 volunteers and surveyed three previously identified populations located throughout the park. Together, the group performed systematic searches of known populations and marked any flowering dwarf trout lily with a colored flag that would be counted at the end of the sweep.

 

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May 15, 2015: Endangered Species Day at the Minnesota Zoo


 


 

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

Also Issues Interim Special Rule that Tailors Protections to Eliminate Unnecessary Restrictions and Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Landowners

Northern Long-eared bat

Northern Long-eared bat

Photo Courtesy of Pete Pattavina/USFWS

 

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.

 

“Bats are a critical component of our nation’s ecology and economy, maintaining a fragile insect predator-prey balance; we lose them at our peril,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Without bats, insect populations can rise dramatically, with the potential for devastating losses for our crop farmers and foresters. The alternative to bats is greater pesticide use, which brings with it another set of ecological concerns.”

 

In the United States, the northern long-eared bat is found from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. Throughout the bat’s range, states and local stakeholders have been some of the leading partners in both conserving the long-eared bat and addressing the challenge presented by white-nose syndrome.

 

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

 

Monarch butterfly

 


 

Feb. 5, 2015:  How Saving One Butterfly Could Help Save the Prairie


Monarch Butterfly

 


 

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

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Last updated: January 25, 2016