Chicago Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Chicago Field Office

1250 S. Grove, Suite 103
Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847/381-2253
FAX: 847/381-2285
TTY: 1-800-877-8339
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2013 News



Oct. 2, 2013: Northern Long-eared Bat Proposed as Endangered
News Release
Northern Long-eared Bat Home


Northern long-eared bat



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


News Release

Red Knot Home


Red Knot




Sept. 9, 2013: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Eden Place Bring Nature to the City in Chicago


Eden Place volunteers (left) join Founder and Executive Director Michael Howard (second from right) and Luis Zaragoza (USFWS Chicago Office) in a pose next to one of the first of 26 oak trees planted at Eden Place Nature Center in early September 2013. - Photo Credit: Louise Clemency/USFWS





May 17, 2013: Chicago Field Office and Lincoln Park Zoo Host Endangered Species Day Celebration



May 16, 2013: Urban Biodiversity Week In Chicago




May 14, 2013: Partners Across the U.S. Celebrate Endangered
Species Day!

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Endangered Species Day 2013

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May 9, 2013: Massasauga Partnership and Field Project Marks fifth year, Looks Forward to Next Five


Presenting Thank You Gift



Chicago Field Office and Lincoln Park Zoo Host Endangered Species Day Celebration

Chicago Field Office staff at Lincoln Park Zoo to celebrate Endangered Species Day.

Photo by USFWS


May 17, 2013


Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day was on May 17, and it provided another opportunity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners to raise awareness about imperiled plants, animals, and habitats, and to demonstrate ways that others can help conserve these resources. Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Field Office celebrated Endangered Species Day with hundreds of zoo visitors to highlight the conservation programs underway in Northeast Illinois that are aimed at recovering federally threatened and endangered species and restoring their habitat.


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Endangered Species in Chicago Metro Area





May 8, 2013: Chicago Field Office Completes Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Five-Year Review


Hine's emerald dragonfly by Dr. Paul Burton





April 3, 2013: Chicago Field Office Hosts the 21st Annual Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid Volunteer Meeting

Volunteer with eastern prairie fringed orchid.





Feb. 7, 2013: Chicago Office Coordinates Seminar on Endangered Dragonfly Conservation


Hine's Emerald Dragonfly


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Feb. 1, 2013: Chicago Office and Partners Implement Habitat Management for Two Endangered Species


Bluff being planted with plugs.






Illinois' Unique Places and Species

February 2013

Two biologists surveying for the Illinois cave amphipod.

Surveying for the Illinois cave amphipod.

Photo by Dr. Julian J. Lewis


As we celebrate conservation successes during the Endangered Species Act's (ESA) 40th anniversary year, Illinois may not be the place one would expect to find unusual endangered species, one-of-a-kind ecosystems, or inspirational conservation success stories. Yet all of these are here in Illinois—in unexpected and unique places.


Caves, in Illinois?

Unknown to many, Illinois has a small karst region characterized by numerous surface sinkholes and underlying caves. The Salem Plateau karst region is found in two counties in western Illinois, near St. Louis. Endemic to the cave streams that flow underground through this region is the federally endangered Illinois cave amphipod (Gammarus acherondytes), a small freshwater crustacean. Sinkhole density in the Salem Plateau is as high as 230 sinkholes per square mile. Joints and fractures in the subsurface allow surface water to flow rapidly into caves that the amphipod inhabits. There is an relationship between the Illinois cave amphipod's habitat and the land-use practices on the surface that threaten the species


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January 8, 2013: Selection of High Speed Rail Route Avoids Critical Habitat for Endangered Dragonfly


Hine's Emerald Dragonfly By Paul Burton





Last updated: February 23, 2015