East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

 

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2016 News

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists eastern

massasauga rattlesnake as threatened species

Eastern massasauga

Eastern massasauga

Photo courtesy of Dan Kennedy; Michigan DNR

 

Sept. 29, 2016

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also determined that designating critical habitat for the eastern massasauga is not prudent.

 

Eastern massasaugas are currently found in scattered locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. The species, a candidate for listing since 1999, has been declining over the past few decades due to loss and fragmentation of its wetland habitat. Nearly 40 percent of the historical populations are now extirpated and an additional 15 percent are of uncertain status. Of those known remaining populations, most are experiencing ongoing threats, meaning additional population losses are anticipated in the future.

 

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Service Proposes Protections for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Under Endangered Species Act

Rusty patched bumble bee

Rusty patched bumble bee

Photo by Dan Mullen/USFWS.

 

Sept. 13, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, citing a steep decline in the species’ numbers throughout its range. The rusty patched bumble bee, once widespread, is now found in scattered, small populations in 12 states and one Canadian province.

 

Twenty years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was an abundant native pollinator found across a broad geographic range that included 28 states and the District of Columbia, from Connecticut to South Dakota and north into two provinces in Canada. The rusty patched bumble bee is now found only in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin – and Ontario, Canada. Abundance and distribution of rusty patched bumble bee populations have declined by an estimated 91 percent since the mid to late 1990s.

 

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Check out the 2016 Piping Plover Field Journal

 

The first piping plover to arrive back at the Great Lakes, for the second year in a row, is male plover BO:X,g.

The first piping plover to arrive back at the Great Lakes, for the second year in a row, is male plover BO:X,g.

Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren

 

2016 Field Journal

 

 


 

  Aug. 9, 2016: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 34 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease
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Service Announces Findings on

Two Endangered Species Act Petitions

Two moose in snow.

Photo courPhoto courtesy of Minnesota DNR

 

June 2, 2016

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed initial reviews of two petitions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); one to remove ESA protections for the golden-cheeked warbler and one to add the U.S. population of the northwestern subspecies of moose to the list of threatened and endangered species under the ESA.

 

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Positive 90-Day Finding for U.S. Population of Northwestern Moose (Alces alces andersoni)

 


 

May 23, 2016: States Tracking Turtles
Article

Ornate box turtle

 

 


 

Mitchell Satyr Draft Safe Harbor Agreement available for public review and comment (May 26, 2016)

 


 

May 12, 2016: East Lansing Field Office Participates in Steering Committee Meeting for hydro dams, impoundments and project lands management.

 


 

April 11, 2016: Protecting and Restoring Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Habitat in Northeast Michigan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program partnered with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Huron Pines, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Parks Division (DNR), Great Lakes Stewardship Network, and local community students and volunteers in Northeast Michigan to protect and restore Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) habitat. The Hine’s emerald dragonfly is one of North America’s most endangered dragonflies as a result of habitat degradation and loss. Some locations where the species lives are threatened by invasion of non-native vegetation species.

 

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Volunteers conferring over maps.

 


 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Critical Habitat is

Not Prudent for Threatened Northern Long-eared Bat

 

Photo by Ann Froschauer/USFWS

April 25, 2016

Determination based on desire to reduce potential disturbance at hibernation sites, habitat requirements of species, and acknowledgement of white-nose syndrome as primary threat

 

Given the nature of the primary threats facing the species and the potential harm of publishing its hibernation locations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not prudent. The Service’s determination does not affect the bat’s threatened status, which it received in 2015 due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease impacting cave-dwelling bats.

 

Critical habitat is a designation under the ESA for lands that contain habitat features that are essential for the survival and recovery of a listed species, which may require special management considerations or protections. The ESA requires the Service to consider which areas are needed for a species’ recovery and to designate critical habitat accordingly, unless it determines that doing so is not prudent for the species.

 

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Check out the 2016 Piping Plover Field Journal

 

The first piping plover to arrive back at the Great Lakes, for the second year in a row, is male plover BO:X,g.

Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren

 

The first plovers are back from their wintering areas - including a nine-year old female that wintered in Cuba.

2016 Field Journal

 

 

Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for

Midwest Wind Energy Promotes Coordinated

Industry Engagement in Conservation of At-Risk Species

Kirtland's Warbler

The Kirtland's warbler, an endangered species, is one of eight bird and bat species covered under the

Midwest Wind Draft Multi-species HCP.

Photo courtesy of Joel Trick

 

April 14, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released a draft plan to help ensure wind development does not contribute to the decline of species that already are impacted by threats such as disease and loss of habitat. The Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) outlines measures for participating Midwest wind energy companies to follow to help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions and further sustainable energy independence while ensuring those efforts contribute to conserving protected bat and bird species.

 

The plan enables the Service to monitor and reduce “incidental take” of protected species caused by wind energy development and operation within an eight-state plan area, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Species covered by the plan include the Indiana, northern long-eared and little brown bats, as well as Kirtland’s warbler, interior least tern, bald eagle, and the Great Lakes and Great Plains populations of the piping plover.

 

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First Great Lakes Piping Plover Spotted Wintering in Cuba

Great Lakes piping plover Of,RL:X,b seen at Sleeping Bear Dunes National

The Great Lakes piping plover Of,RL:X,b seen at Sleeping Bear Dunes National

Lakeshore in 2015. She was spotted on the northern coast of Cuba in early 2016,

making her the first critically endangered Great Lakes piping plover known

to winter in Cuba.

Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren (piping plover volunteer monitor)

 

March 15, 2016

 

For the first time ever, a rare Great Lakes piping plover has been spotted spending the winter in Cuba. Typically Great Lakes piping plovers winter in tidal inlets along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, though a handful have been reported wintering in the Bahamas and also for the first time ever, in Cancun, Mexico, this winter.

 

Great Lakes piping plovers are one of the most endangered species in the region, numbering 75 pairs in 2015. While this is still critically endangered, conservation efforts by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other conservation partners have helped this unique population of piping plovers recover from only about15 pairs at the time they were added to the federal endangered species list in 1986.

 

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March 3, 2016: Discussing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Role in Removing Beneficial Use Impairments from the Great Lakes Areas of Concern

Lake Superior Coast

 


 

Protections Finalized for Threatened

Northern Long-Eared Bats

Regulations focus on significant threats to the species so
conservation efforts can be focused where they have the greatest effect

Three species of bats hibernating in a cluster: big brown, little brown and northern long-eared bats

 

Three species of bats hibernating in a cluster: big brown, little brown and northern long-eared bats

Photo by USFWS; Jill Utrup

 

January 14, 2016

In an effort to conserve the northern long-eared bat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others within the species’ range. Continue News Release » Northern Long-eared Bat Home Michigan Northern Long-eared Bat Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations Updated February 18, 2016 (5-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)

 

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Michigan Northern Long-eared Bat Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations Updated February 18, 2016 (5-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)

 

 


 

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Last updated: November 22, 2016
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