2015 News and Feature Stories
July 7, 2015: Monitoring for Endangered Poweshiek Skipperling in Wisconsin
July 1, 2015: Service Works with Minnesota Zoo to Rear Threatened Butterfly
June 30, 2015: Searching for the northern long-eared bat on the Chippewa National Forest
Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily Surveys
Minnesota dwarf trout lily
Photo by Andrew Horton/USFWS
Three Service employees of the Twin Cities Field Office and the Midwest Regional Office took part in population surveys for the Minnesota dwarf trout lily. Surveys were led by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault. We were joined by 15 volunteers and surveyed three previously identified populations located throughout the park. Together, the group performed systematic searches of known populations and marked any flowering dwarf trout lily with a colored flag that would be counted at the end of the sweep.
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May 15, 2015: Endangered Species Day at the Minnesota Zoo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act
Also Issues Interim Special Rule that Tailors Protections to Eliminate Unnecessary Restrictions and Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Landowners
Northern Long-eared bat
Photo Courtesy of Pete Pattavina/USFWS
April 1, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.
At the same time, the Service issued an interim special rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat. The public is invited to comment on this interim rule as the Service considers whether modifications or exemptions for additional categories of activities should be included in a final 4(d) rule that will be finalized by the end of the calendar year. The Service is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until July 1, 2015 and may make revisions based on additional information it receives.
“Bats are a critical component of our nation’s ecology and economy, maintaining a fragile insect predator-prey balance; we lose them at our peril,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Without bats, insect populations can rise dramatically, with the potential for devastating losses for our crop farmers and foresters. The alternative to bats is greater pesticide use, which brings with it another set of ecological concerns.”
In the United States, the northern long-eared bat is found from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. Throughout the bat’s range, states and local stakeholders have been some of the leading partners in both conserving the long-eared bat and addressing the challenge presented by white-nose syndrome.
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Feb 9, 2015: Service Teams with Conservation Partners to Launch Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch butterfly, Engage Millions of Americans
Feb. 5, 2015: How Saving One Butterfly Could Help Save the Prairie
Jan. 30, 2015: Service Announces Annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
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