Chicago Field Office
230 South Dearborn St.,
Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Threatened and Endangered Species Program
Protecting and recovering rare and endangered species and the ecosystems that sustain them.
Ten federally listed endangered, threatened, or candidate species occur, or have historically occurred in Northeastern Illinois. Critical habitat has been designated for the piping plover and Hine's emerald dragonfly in our area.
Urbanization and associated land uses, invasive species, and other disturbances have caused habitat loss and contributed to population declines of many species of plants and animals in northeastern Illinois.
Project Reviews and Section 7 Consultation Guidance
For more information on federally threatened or endangered species in the Chicago area, contact Kris Lah, our endangered species coordinator.
For information about the Service's endangered species program in the upper Midwest visit www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered or for information on endangered species nationwide, visit the Service's Endangered Species Program.
Permits and Habitat Conservation Plans
Permits can be issued to "take" listed species.
Information about the Endangered Species Act
More Information about Endangered Species in Illinois
Chicago Field Office Endangered Species Responsibillities
We work with other federal agencies, state and local agencies in the development of projects to minimize and avoid impacts to listed species or designated critical habitat occurring in our area. We are the lead Service office coordinating the recovery activities for the following species:
We assist agencies and the public by alerting them to the potential presence of federally-listed threatened or endangered species. The Chicago Illinois Field Office annually responds to hundreds of requests for information on the presence of threatened or endangered species. We do this by looking for records of species near or on a proposed project site, and by assessing whether suitable habitat may be on a project site. We also assess indirect effects by considering the total scope of a proposed project. For more information on endangered species consultation, please see our Endangered Species Guidance Documents and the Service's Midwest Region's S7 Technical Assistance Website.