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First Dakota skipper male reared at the Minnesota Zoo.

First Dakota skipper male reared at the Minnesota Zoo.

Photo courtesy of Erik Runquist/Minnesota Zoo

 

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

Status: Threatened

 

The Dakota skipper is a small butterfly that lives in high-quality mixed and tallgrass prairie. It has been extirpated from Illinois and Iowa and now occurs in remnants of native mixed and tallgrass prairie in Minnesota, the Dakotas and southern Canada. The Dakota skipper is listed as threatened under the Endangered species Act and critical habitat has been designated.

Dakota skipper on prairie lily.

Dakota skipper on prairie lily.

Photo by USFWS; Phil Delphey

 

Dakota Skipper

 

Status: Threatened with a 4(d) rule; October 23, 2014

Critical Habitat Designated; October 1, 2015

 

Habitat: High quality tallgrass and mixed grass prairie

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

 

Critical Habitat: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

 

About Listing: Listing the Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling and Designating Critical Habitat

 

Guidances

Section 7 Guidance Adobe PDF Icon

 

Conservation Guidelines Adobe PDF Icon

 

 

Final Critical Habitat Designation

The Endangered Species Act defines critical habitat as an area that contains habitat features that are essential for the survival and recovery of a listed species, which may require special management considerations or protections. Regulation of critical habitat is limited to the requirement that federal agencies consult with the Service on any actions that may affect critical habitat. The Service can then recommend ways to minimize adverse effects to the habitat.

 

News Release (Sept. 30, 2015)

 

Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Critical Habitat

 

Dakota Skipper Natural History and Status:

Dakota Skipper Fact Sheet

 

Dakota Skipper Species Profile

 

Dakota Skipper Status Assessment (June 2002) PDF; 84 pages; 600KB

 

Dakota Skipper Conservation and Management:

Dakota Skipper Conservation Guidelines Adobe PDF Icon (revised May 2016)

 

Dakota Skipper Section 7 Guidance Adobe PDF Icon (updated May 2016)

 

Saving Minnesota's Prairie Butterflies - Minnesota Zoo

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Restore Native Prairie and Oak Savanna Communities In the Little Sioux Watershed in Northwest Iowa – Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, and O’Brien Counties, Iowa

 

Private Stewardship Grant (2005): Imperiled Species Conservation on Private Land in Western Minnesota (Wilkin, Ottertail, Grant, Pope, Kandiyohi, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties, Minnesota)

 

Archives

Archived Documents and Information Materials from Previous Federal Actions

 

Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Archives

 


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Last updated: June 6, 2016