Chicago Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Chicago Field Office

230 South Dearborn St.,

Suite 2938

Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-485-9337
TTY: 1-800-877-8339
(Federal Relay)


Map of Chicago Field Office counties of responsibility.




Ecological Services

We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Chicago metro area endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.



For questions about CITES permits, and importing wildlife and wildlife parts, please contact the USFWS Chicago Wildlife Inspection Program (847) 298-3250

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid
(Platanthera leucophaea)

Listed as threatened in 1989.

Complete regulatory profile, provided on the Service's Endangered Species website.


Final rule listing the species, published in The Federal Register (54 FR 39857-39863), September 28,1989.


Project Review and Section 7 Guidance: how to determine if eastern prairie fringed orchid is present in a project area


Eastern prairie fringed orchid Recovery plan, 1999 (868KB pdf).


USFWS Eastern prairie fringed orchid Fact sheet (html version), Fact sheet (pdf version)


Tulsa, Oklahoma Field Office species account web page.



Image: Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid "Species Spotlight."

Once a relatively common orchid in wet prairies throughout much of the midwestern United States, habitat destruction and alteration lead to the decline of this beautiful plant. It was listed as a threatened species in 1989.


Historical Records in Northeast Illinois

are available from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.


The Chicago Illinois Field Office is the lead office for coordinating the Service's efforts to recover this species. In addition to arranging meetings of the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid Recovery Team, we regularly network and consult with other orchid experts to discuss actions that might benefit its recovery. We also completed the approved recovery plan, and have helped implement other range-wide actions to recover this species.


In the Chicago region, we hold annual meetings of land managers and others with an interest in this species, and have funded various projects which may contribute locally to its recovery. The efforts were recently chronicled in an article that appeared in the Service's Endangered Species Bulletin.


Projects have included efforts to form an active and dedicated group of Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid volunteers, led by the The Nature Conservancy as well as research into the orchid's biology, genetics, life history, and pollination requirements. Other collaborators include botanists at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, and Chicago State University.



Project Reviews and Section 7 Guidance

How to determine if eastern prairie fringed orchid is present in a project area




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Last updated: March 21, 2019