This is the web site of the Oklahoma Ecological Services
Field Office. Use the links to the left or at the bottom to
browse the sections of this and related sites. Below are some
news and updates regarding the activities of this office.
Comment period reopened for listing
Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species. The Service proposed to list the bat as endangered on October 2, 2013, citing white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, as the greatest threat to the species
Learn more here
Some frequently asked questions here
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Lists Two Freshwater Mussels, Neosho Mucket (as Endangered)
and Rabbitsfoot (as Threatened)
The Federal Register listing is located here
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Neosho
mucket as endangered and the Rabbitsfoot as threatened under
the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both species are freshwater
mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the
The Neosho mucket has been eliminated from about 62 percent
of its historic range with only nine of 16 historic populations
remaining. Only one of these populations is known to be reproducing.
The Neosho mucket is currently found in Arkansas, Kansas,
Oklahoma, and Missouri.
The Rabbitsfoot has disappeared from about 64 percent of
its historic range. While 51 of the 140 historic populations
remain, only 11 populations (22 percent of its existing populations
or eight percent of the historic populations) are viable;
23 populations (45 percent of the existing populations) are
at risk of elimination; and 17 populations (33 percent of
the current populations) show limited reproduction with little
evidence of sustainability. The Rabbitsfoot is currently found
in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
and Tennessee. The Rabbitsfoot is no longer found in Georgia
and West Virginia.
The complete news release can be found here
Important Update: Service
reopens Public Comment Period on Proposed Critical Habitat for
the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot Mussels, with new deadline
of July 14, 2014.
- A news release describing the new comment period can be
- Frequently Asked Questions about critical habitat proposed
for the two mussel species can be found here
American Burying Beetle Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan Approved for Oklahoma
Final documents and associated information can be found here
News Release: Service Approves Industry Conservation Plan for the American Burying Beetle can be found here
Questions and Answers: Industry Conservation Plan for the American Burying Beetle can be found here
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) approved a plan to streamline the Endangered Species Act (ESA) permitting process for oil and gas activities that may result in take of the American burying beetle (ABB) in Oklahoma. The approved Industry Conservation Plan (ICP) provides industry with a mechanism to move forward with oil and gas projects in ABB habitat during the 2014 and 2015 ABB active season.
The approved ICP covers take of the ABB that is incidental to activities associated with oil and gas exploration and the construction, operation, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of oil and gas pipelines and related well fields. It provides oil and gas operators the ability to proceed with projects in covered counties while conserving the American burying beetle and its habitat. The ICP will cover construction activities for two years and operations and maintenance activities will be covered for 20 years.