Endangered Species
Ecological Services

Partnership Stories

The Ecological Services Program works formally and informally with a large variety of groups and individuals to further species conservation. Partnerships for protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species have been established between the Ecological Services Program and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service programs, other federal agencies, state governments, private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and American Indian tribes.

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Prairie Butterfly Conservation (10:37)

Partners: Minnesota Zoo and Morrie's Automotive Group

CPrairie Butterfly. Credit: Dakota skipper by USFWS PhilDelphey 2012

Status:Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name:
Grus americana
Morrie's and the Minnesota Zoo are working together to help endangered and special concern butterflies. Prairie Butterfly Conservation includes watching for special concern species as well as tagging Monarch Butterflies before they migrate to Mexico in the fall. You can participate in the Monarch migration by keeping an eye out for tagged Monarch Butterflies and reporting the tag number @ monarchwatch.org

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Minnesota Zoo's Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program (1:59)

Partners: Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo's Prairie Butterfly.
Overview: Butterflies are loved, but many are also in trouble. Did you know that Dakota skipper populations have dropped to very low numbers and is gone from most historical sites? This species, along with the Poweshiek skipperling are now listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and are among 15 butterflies that are "Endangered", "Threatened", or of "Special Concern" by Minnesota.

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Preserving Kauai's Native Forest Birds (7:25)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Global and State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Kauai's Native Forest Bird.
Overview: Hawaiian birds—many found nowhere else on Earth—face daunting pressures from habitat loss and introduced nonnative species like feral pigs and domestic cats. Thanks to our generous supporters, San Diego Zoo Global was able to partner with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife to create two bird propagation centers on the islands

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Georgia Outdoors / Edge of Survival (26:48)

Partners: Georgia Outdoors

redit: USFWS
Overview: Host Sharon Collins explores the pockmarked wilderness of central and south Georgia in search of iconic, yet endangered, species native to our beautiful state. She tells the stories of the red-cockaded woodpecker, the indigo snake, and the gopher tortoise: the office reptile of the State of Georgia, and the efforts being made to promote their comebacks.

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California Condor Chick Hatches at Kofords Ridge (2:06)

Partners: Santa Barbara Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and others

California condor. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Gymnogyps californianus
Overview: On April 4, 2016, a California condor egg hatched in the wild, and for the first time in history, anyone with an Internet connection could watch it.

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First 'Alalā of 2016 Hatches at Hawaiian Bird Center (2:35)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Global

Hawaiian crow ('alala). Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Corvus hawaiiensis
Overview: Animal care staff at San Diego Zoo Global's Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program are celebrating the first Hawaiian crow, or 'alalā, to be hatched in the 2016 breeding season. Later this year, hatched 'alalā chicks will go back to their native forests on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: A prehistoric legend returns (2:35)

Partners: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex

Lahontan cutthroat trout. Credit: USFWS
Status: threatened / Listed October 13, 1970
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi
Overview: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are working together to restore the ancient Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout – once thought extinct – back to its native waters of Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

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Can We Save These Rare Toads From Extinction? (4:48)

Partners: University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, and many others

Wyoming toad. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed January 17, 1984
Scientific Name: Bufo hemiophrys ssp. baxteri
Overview: Habitat loss, climate change, and a fungus are all factors in the decline of the Wyoming toad. The species was listed as endangered in 1984 and declared extinct in the wild not long after. But efforts to raise the animals in captivity have been successful.

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Seabird Protection Network: Restoration to Recovery Through Partnerships & Collaboration (7:37)

Partners: Sea Bird Protection Network

Local aircraft. Credit: Seabird Protection Network.
Overview: The Seabird Protection Network and the local aviation community discuss the importance of flying high—at or above 1,000 feet—along California's coast where seabirds breed and nest.

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Last updated: August 15, 2016