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2014 News and Feature Stories




U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Two Prairie Butterfly Species Under Endangered Species Act

Dakota Skipper on a purple coneflower.

Dakota skippers live in scattered, isolated patches of high quality

prairie in the Dakotas, western Minnesota and southern Canada.

Photo courtesy of Cale Nordmeyer/Minnesota Zoo


October 23, 2014


The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species are butterflies that depend on prairie habitat and have suffered population declines due to loss and degradation of their native grasslands.


Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined dramatically; it no longer occurs on almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found.


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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed Under ESA




June 24, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Six-Month Extension for Decision to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered




FAQs about the Extension


Northern Long-eared Bat Home


northern long-eared bat





May 15, 2014: May 16 is National Endangered Species Day


Piping Plover



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champions

Residents of Missouri and Wisconsin

Among Those Honored

Recovery Champions, Adrian Wydeven on the left and Paul McKenzie on the right.

Adrian Wydeven (Wisconsin DNR) and Paul McKenzie (USFWS) are

recognized as Champions because of their exceptional contributions

to endangered species recovery.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Wydeven and by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


May 5, 2014


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized 55 individuals for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife and plants by designating them 2013 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored for their work this year were Service biologist Paul McKenzie of Columbia, Missouri, and Adrian Wydeven, a biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these dedicated conservationists who are on the front lines fighting the battle against extinction,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Their spirit and determination is the application of Aldo Leopold’s counsel to ‘keep every cog and wheel,’ and they provide hope for all of us that our children and the generations that follow will be able to enjoy the same tremendous diversity of plants and animals that we do today.”


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Earth Day 2014!


Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world.


While climate change is perhaps the greatest ecological challenge of our time, Earth Day reminds us that we all can take steps to help protect the environment, which touches the human spirit, contributes to human health and well-being and promotes a healthy economy.




April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan

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Red Knot Home


Red knot




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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Jan. 8, 2014: Young Artists Encouraged to Enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest


Woodland Caribou painting





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Last updated: November 24, 2014