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2015 News

 

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

 

News Release

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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Blog: Saving Species with Art »

 

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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Last updated: June 23, 2015