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2019 News Archives

 

 


Final Environmental Impact Statement announced for Iowa’s MidAmerican Energy Company’s wind energy facilities

Wind turbines over the landscape

Photo courtesy of MidAmerican Energy Company

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces availability of the final environmental impact statement on an application for incidental take of threatened and endangered species at select wind facilities operated by MidAmerican Energy Company in Iowa.  The documents are expected to publish in the Federal Register Monday October 7, 2019, under docket number FWS-R3-ES-2018-0037.

 

 

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Eastern Plant Once Thought Extinct Now Recovered Federal Protection No Longer Needed

Running buffalo clover plant

Photo by USFWS

Once thought extinct, running buffalo clover, a perennial plant native to parts of the eastern United States, is thriving and is now considered recovered. The change in status for the clover came about thanks to a number of state, federal and private conservation partners working together for over three decades. Because of their efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the species.

 

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Service Completes Initial Review on Petition to List Lake Sturgeon

Juvenile lake sturgeon in hand

A juvenile Lake Sturgeon captured during a fisheries assessment in the St. Clair-Detroit River System.

Photo by James Boase/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed initial review of a petition to list the lake sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has concluded there is substantial information to consider listing the species as threatened or endangered. The Service will begin an in-depth review of this species to determine if the fish should be listed.

 

 

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Two endangered piping plover chicks successfully fledged from Montrose Beach in Chicago

 

 

Nest monitors Adelyn Hanchette (left) and Anna Jocham (right) release adult male Kirtland’s after they were color-banded in Wisconsin.

Fledged piping plover chicks at Montrose Beach, Chicago

Photo courtesy of Tamima Itani

In August 10, 2019, we passed a milestone with the first successful fledging of piping plover chicks in Chicago since at least 1961, when a pair of plovers were seen at Wolf Lake during the nesting season. 
Hundreds of people contributed to the success of the nest, and thousands more cheered on the plovers.

 

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Returning piping plovers find habitat help and nest protection in Wisconsin

 

 

 

Nest monitors Adelyn Hanchette (left) and Anna Jocham (right) release adult male Kirtland’s after they were color-banded in Wisconsin.

The first endangered piping plovers are returning to Wisconsin this month as partners work to protect the birds' habitat in hopes of boosting nesting success. Flooding in 2018 washed away nests, and along with suspected predation, contributed to a low total of chicks fledging from Wisconsin's longtime nesting site on Chequamegon Point in the Apostle Islands. Predation may have also taken a toll on a plover nesting site in lower Green Bay.

 

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Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership Update

 

 

Recovery Champions Kris Lah, Mark Hove, Mike Davis and Bernard Sietman.

Photo courtesy of Karen Willes.

The International Crane Foundation, based in Baraboo, Wisconsin, has a new tool for birders and other outdoor enthusiasts to keep track of the whereabouts of individual cranes in the eastern population. The interactive "Where are the whoopers" site highlights locations of cranes down to the county level – care is taken not to publicize precise locations.

 

 

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Moving the needle toward recovery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honors midwest endangered species recovery champions

Recovery Champions Kris Lah, Mark Hove, Mike Davis and Bernard Sietman.

Photos by Minnesota DNR, University of Minnesota and USFWS.

A breakthrough conservation discovery and a career devoted to finding solutions for at-risk species define the winners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Endangered Species Recovery champions for the Midwest Region. The Midwest champions join individuals and teams across the United States who are recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work last year with endangered and threatened species.

 

 

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