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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.
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 Natural History and Status:
Dakota Skipper Status Assessment (June 2002) PDF; 84 pages; 600KB
Dakota Skipper 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: July 19, 2016