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Endangered Species Program
Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems
Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)
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.
Counties of Documented Occurrences
This is a recommended protocol for conducting surveys in North Dakota grasslands when the objective is to detect the presence of the Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) at the site scale. This protocol is designed to address the species’ likelihood of occupancy at the site scale when and where little or no pre-existing information is available to determine if the species is present.
Natural History and Status
Dakota Skipper Status Assessment (June 2002) PDF; 84 pages; 600KB
Conservation and Management
Dakota Skipper Conservation Guidelines (revised May 2016)
Dakota Skipper Section 7 Guidance (updated May 2016)
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)
Archived Documents and Information Materials from Previous Federal Actions
Last updated: May 7, 2018