Endangered Species
Midwest Region

 

 

Midwest Region State Map

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you

 


Endangered Species Program

Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems

 


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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

Critical Habitat

 

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 Adobe PDF Icon
This is a list of all counties where Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) has been documented, including historical and extant counties.

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

 

 

Survey Protocol

2018 North Dakota Survey Protocol Adobe PDF Icon

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

Species Status Assessment Report Adobe PDF Icon (September 2018)

 

Fact Sheet

 

Species Profile

 

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

 

Archives

Archived Documents and Information Materials from Previous Federal Actions

 

Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Archives

 


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Last updated: September 27, 2018