Michigan Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Michigan Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road

Suite 101
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-351-2555
Fax: 517-351-1443
TTY: 1-800-877-8339

(Federal Relay)

e-mail: EastLansing@fws.gov

Map and Directions



Kirtland's Warbler tour logo



Great Lakes Restoration Initiative logo

Threatened and Endangered Species Program in Michigan

Protecting and recovering rare and endangered species and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Poweshiek skipperling by David L. Cuthrall

The Poweshiek skipperling is an endangered butterfly of the prairies and prairie fens. Lost from prairies to the west, this butterfly only survives in Oakland county, Michigan and Manitoba, Canada.

Photo courtesy of David. L. Cuthrall


Federally Listed Species in Michigan


Featured Michigan Species

Eastern Massasauga

The eastern massasauga is a small, thick-bodied rattlesnake that lives in shallow wetlands and adjacent uplands in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario.


Environmental Screening for Eastern Massasauga in Michigan Adobe PDF Icon March 2017


Eastern Massasauga Listed as Threatened (Sept. 29, 2016)


Eastern Massasauga Home


Freshwater Mussels


Michigan Freshwater Mussel Survey Protocols and Relocation Procedures Adobe PDF Icon Revised February 2018


About Freshwater Mussels


Gray Wolf

Due to a Federal court decision, wolves in the western Great Lakes area (including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) were relisted under the Endangered Species Act, effective December 19, 2014.


Gray Wolf Home (links to the our Regional Website)


Indiana Bat

The Indiana bat was listed as endangered in 1967 due to episodes of people disturbing hibernating bats in caves during winter, resulting in the death of large numbers of bats. The Indiana bat is particularly vulnerable to human disturbance because the majority of the population hibernates in a small number of caves. Other threats that have contributed to the Indiana bat's decline include commercialization of caves, loss of summer habitat, pesticides and other contaminants, and most recently, the disease white-nose syndrome. Michigan is on the northern edge of the Indiana bat's range.


Project Design Guidelines for Indiana Bat in Michigan Adobe PDF icon


Indiana Bat


Kirtland's Warbler

The Kirtland's warbler, an endangered songbird, nests in young jack pine stands in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada. Michigan is the core of its breeding habitat. After decades of partnership efforts, this songbird has rebounded, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Kirtland's warbler from the list of endangered and threatened species.


In Michigan




Mitchell's Satyr

The Mitchell’s satyr is a very rare butterfly and fen habitat specialist (in northern the portion of its range) that is threatened with the loss and disruption of suitable fen habitats.


Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement Adobe PDF Icon August 2016


Mitchell's Satyr Home


Northern Long-eared Bat

The northern long-eared bat is listed as threatened due to rapid and dramatic population declines caused by the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome (WNS).


Project Design Guidelines for Northern Long-eared Bat in Michigan Adobe PDF icon


Michigan Northern Long-eared Bat Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations Adobe PDF Icon Updated July 22, 2016


Northern Long-eared Bat Home


News Release: Protections Finalized for Threatened Northern Long-Eared Bats Jan. 13, 2016


Piping Plover

The piping plover is small shorebird that nests on the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The population that nests in the Great Lakes region is listed as endangered.


In Michigan


Great Lakes Population


Dwarf lake iris

Dwarf lake iris, a threatened plant, is a miniature iris. In Michigan it grows along the northern shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Michigan Natural Features Inventory Abstract

Photo by Joel Trick; USFWS

Section 7 Consultation

Section 7 Consultation: the process explained


Step-by-Step S7 Consultation Guide


Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) - a project planning tool which streamlines the USFWS environmental review process


Environmental Screening for Eastern Massasauga in Michigan Adobe PDF Icon March 2017


Project Design Guidelines for Indiana Bat in Michigan Adobe PDF icon


Project Design Guidelines for Northern Long-eared Bat in Michigan Adobe PDF icon



Recovery in Michigan - Click species names on the Michigan list for information that includes recovery actions


Recovery Plans


Five-Year Reviews


Recovery Program in the Upper Midwest


National Endangered Species Recovery website


Permits and HCPs

Permits can be issued to "take" listed species.


Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Habitat Conservation Plan - Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Inspection and Repair

Federal Register (March 11, 2013): Notice of Availability of Draft Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Enbridge Pipelines (Lakehead), L.L.C. (PDF Adobe PDF icon)


Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Draft Habitat Conservation Plan; Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Inspection and Repair (140-page PDF Adobe PDF icon)


Screening Form for Low-effect HCP; Enbridge Line 5 Inspection and Repair (4-page PDF Adobe PDF icon)


Types of permits and how to apply


Michigan Statewide HCP for Karner Blue Butterfly


Michigan Statewide HCP for Mitchell's Satyr Butterfly


HCPs in the Upper Midwest


National HCP website




East Lansing Field Office Home


Last updated: June 19, 2018
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