Midwest Region Ecological Services Conserving the nature of America

Conserving the Nature
of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

 

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service in the Midwest

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

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

 

Blanding's turtle in the palm of a biologist.

Blanding's turtle

Photo by Kris Spaeth; USFWS

 

Species of Concern

 

Mammals | Birds | Reptiles | Amphibians | Fishes

Mussels | Snails | Insects | Crustaceans | Flowering Plants

 

"Species of concern" is an informal term that refers to those species which the Midwest Region believes might be in need of concentrated conservation actions. Such conservation actions vary depending on the health of the populations and degree and types of threats. At one extreme, there may only need to be periodic monitoring of populations and threats to the species and its habitat. At the other extreme, a species may need to be listed as a Federal threatened or endangered species. "Species of concern" receive no legal protection and the use of the term does not necessarily mean that the species will eventually be proposed for listing as a threatened or endangered species.

 

The public may petition us to list a species, subspecies, or a population of a species. List of ESA petitions received by the Service.

 

Actions

National Listing Work Plan - The Workplan enables us to prioritize our workload based on the needs of candidate and petitioned species.

 

12-Month Findings on Petition to List 8 Species (April 4, 2019) Adobe pdf icon

Includes four species found in Missouri: coldwater crayfish, Eleven Point River crayfish, Spring River crayfish and Arkansas mudalia

 

12-Month Findings on Petitions To List 25 Species:(Oct. 5, 2017) Adobe pdf icon

Includes one Midwestern species: Kirtland's snake

 

90-Day Finding for U.S. Population of Northwestern Moose (Alces alces andersoni) (June 3, 2016)

 

90-Day Findings on Two Midwestern Species (March 15, 2016)

American burying beetle (currently listed as endangered) and Yellow-banded Bumble Bee

 

Postive 90-day Findings (Sept. 18, 2015)

Northern bog lemming, wood turtle, regal fritillary, rusty patched bumble bee

 

90-Day Finding on Prairie Gray Fox, the Plains Spotted Skunk, and a Distinct Population Segment of the Mearn’s Eastern Cottontail in East-Central Illinois and Western Indiana Adobe PDF Icon December 4, 2012

 

 

Mammals

Northern bog lemming (Synaptomys borealis sphagnicola)

Substantial 90-Day Finding

 

Range:  AK, ID, MT, MN*, ME, NH, NY, WA

 

Petition from Wild Earth Guardians

 

Moose: U.S. Population of Northwestern subspecies of Moose (Alces alces andersoni)

Lead: Minnesota-Wisconsin Field Office

 

Substantial 90-Day Finding (June 3, 2016)

 

Range: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin

 

Petition

 

Three Grassland Thicket Species:

Prairie Gray Fox, Plains Spotted Skunk and DPS of the Mearn’s eastern cottontail

Federal Register (December 4, 2012): 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Prairie Gray Fox, the Plains Spotted Skunk, and a Distinct Population Segment of the Mearn’s Eastern Cottontail in East-Central Illinois and Western Indiana as Endangered or Threatened Species Adobe PDF Icon 13-page PDF; 225KB

 

Petition Adobe PDF Icon 14-page

 

Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

Federal Register Adobe PDF Icon December 20, 2017: 90- Findings for five species

 

Petition Adobe PDF Icon

 

Birds

Baird's sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)

Lead Region: Mountain-Prairie

Midwest Lead: MN-WI Field Office

 

Status Assessment and Conservation Plan

 

Black tern (Chlidonias niger)

Lead Region: Mountain-Prairie

Midwest Lead: MN-WI Field Office

 

Black Tern Status Assessment (1999) Adobe pdf icon 137-pages; 7.8MB

 

Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea)

Available Information

 

Common tern, Great Lake Population (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern Status Assessment (2003)

 

Golden-winged warbler

90-Finding on a Petition to List under the Endangered Species Act

 

Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Lead: Indiana Field Office

 

Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for the Henslow's Sparrow (2012) (136-page PDF; 3.8MB)

 

Henslow's Sparrow Distribution, Relative Abundance and Habitat Selection in the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region 2011 (57-page PDF Adobe pdf icon; 2MB)

 

September 9, 1998, Federal Register Notice of Finding on Petition to List as Threatened PDF Adobe pdf icon

 

1997 Decision on the Status Recommendation (decision not to designate as candidate species)

 

Status Assessment (1996) PDF Adobe pdf icon, 109 pages

 

Status Assessment Report Summary (completed in 1996); Indiana Field Office

 

Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus migrans)

Lead: Indiana Field Office

 

Status assessment November, 2000 Adobe pdf icon

 

Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Status of Northern Goshawk; Proceedings of a Workshop Adobe pdf icon

 

Sprague's pipit (Anthus spragueii)

Lead Region: Mountain-Prairie Region

Midwest Lead: Minnesota/Wisconsin Field Office

 

Listed as Candidate: 2010

Removed as Candidate: April 5, 2016

 

12-Month Finding on Petition to List Sprague's Pipit Adobe pdf icon (April 5, 2016)

 

90-Day Finding on a Petition to List Sprague’s Pipit as Threatened or Endangered Adobe pdf icon (Dec. 3, 2009)

 

Species Profile

 

 

Reptiles

Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)

Lead Region: Southeast

 

Positive 90-Day FindingAdobe pdf icon July 1, 2015; status review underway

 

Petition Adobe pdf icon 454-page

 

Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Lead: Illinois/Iowa Field Office

 

Positive 90-Day Finding; July 1, 2015; status review underway

 

Petition Adobe pdf icon454-page

 

Information and Ongoing Conservation

Midwest PARC's Conservation Assessment Survey Adobe pdf icon October 2010: 47-pages

 

Minnesota DNR Blanding's Turtle Home

 

Wisconsin DNR Blanding's Turtle Home

Wisconsin DNR Blanding's Turtle Species Guidance (7-page PDF)

 

Prescribed Fire Use and Important Management Considerations for Amphibians and Reptiles within the Midwest (10-page PDF)

 

Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii)

Lead: Ohio Field Office

 

Not Warranted 12-month Finding (October 2017) Adobe pdf icon

 

Species Status Assessment Report (March 2017) Adobe pdf icon

 

Positive 90-day Finding (September 2011) Adobe pdf icon

 

Petition: Petition Adobe pdf icon

 

Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

Lead Region: Northeast

 

Positive 90-Day Finding; July 1, 2015; status review underway

Petition Adobe pdf icon 454-pages

 

Information and Ongoing Conservation

Maine Fact Sheet for Spotted Turtle Adobe pdf icon

 

Michigan Natural Feature's Inventory Spotted Turtle Home

 

Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

Substantial 90-Day Finding (Sept. 18, 2015)
Range:  CT, DE, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, WI and Canada


Petition Adobe pdf icon

 

 

Amphibians

Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis)

Lead: Ohio Field Office

 

Eastern Hellbender Species Status Assessment Report (2018) Adobe pdf icon

 

Eastern Hellbender Status Assessment Report (2003) - 43 page Adobe pdf icon. Location information has been blacked out in the copy of this status assessment because collection is a serious threat to this species.

 

Missouri DPS of Eastern Hellbender proposed for listing as endangered

 

Petition 1,145-pages Adobe pdf icon

 

Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus)

Lead Region: Southeast

 

Positive 90-Day Finding July 1, 2015; status review underway

 

Petition (454-page PDF)

 

Illinois Chorus Frog

Illinois Chorus Frog

Photo courtesy of Michael Jeffords; Illinois Natural History Survey

 

Illinois Chorus Frog (Pseudacris illinoensis)

Lead Illinois/Iowa Field Office

 

Positive 90-Day Finding July 1, 2015; status review underway

 

Petition 454-page Adobe pdf icon

 

Information and Ongoing Conservation

Habitat Conservation Initiative for the Illinois Chorus Frog (19-page Adobe pdf icon) State of Illinois - - Sept. 2009 to August 2012

 

Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates [=Rana] pipiens)

12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Leopard Frog in the Western United States as Threatened Adobe pdf icon

 

 

Fishes

Coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

12-Month Finding and 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List as Endangered and Background Information - Listing not warranted

 

Crystal darter (Crystallaria asprella)

Lead: Ohio Field Office

 

Status assessment Adobe pdf icon

 

Eastern sand darter (Etheostoma pellucidum)

Lead: Ohio Field Office

 

Status assessment Adobe pdf icon

 

Northern cavefish (Amblyopsis spelaea)

Lead: Indiana Field Office

 

Status assessment completed in 1995

Decision on the Status Recommendation (decision not to designate as a candidate species)

 

Shortjaw cisco (Coregonus zenithicus)

Status Assessment: Status of the shortjaw cisco (Coregonus zenithicus) in Lake Superior - July 2005; Michigan Field Office

 

Sicklefin Chub (Macrhybopsis meeki)

Federal Register Adobe PDF Icon December 20, 2017: 90- Findings for five species

 

Petition

 

Spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum)

Lead: Ohio Field Office


Spotted Darter Candidate Assessment Form (July 2011)

 

Status assessment - 2004 Adobe PDF Icon

 

Sturgeon Chub (Macrhybopsis gelida)

 

Federal Register Adobe PDF Icon December 20, 2017: 90- Findings for five species

 

Petition

 

Mussels

Salamander Mussel (Simpsonaias ambigua)

Lead: Michigan Field Office

 

12-month finding expected FY2023 under the National Listing Work Plan

 

 

Snails

Arkansas mudalia

Lead Region: Southeast

 

Federal Register 12-month Finding: not warranted (April 4, 2019) Adobe pdf icon

 

Species Status Assessment Report Adobe pdf icon

 

Frigid Ambersnail (Catinella gelida)

Federal Register Notice: 12-Month Finding July 26, 2011 (4-page Adobe PDF Icon; 60KB)

 

 

Insects

Iowa Skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa)

Data and Literature Compilation - April 2005

 

Regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Lead: Mountain-Prairie Region

Substantial 90-Day Finding (Sept. 18, 2015)


Petition from Wild Earth Guardians

 

Yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola)

Lead Region: Northeast

 

Substantial 90-Day Finding (March 16, 2016)

 

Petition from Defenders of Wildlife

 

 

Crustaceans

Indiana crayfish (Orconectes indianensis)

Lead: Indiana Field Office

 

Status assessment 1995

 

Decision on the Status Recommendation (decision not to designate as candidate species)

 

 

3 Missouri Endemic Crayfish:

Coldwater crayfish (Faxonius eupunctus), Eleven Point River crayfish (Faxonius wagneri) , Spring River crayfish ( Faxonius roberti )

Lead: Missouri Field Office

 

Federal Register 12-month Finding: not warranted (April 4, 2019) Adobe pdf icon

 

Species Status Assessment Report for Coldwater Crayfish and Eleven Point River Crayfish (Dec. 7, 2018) Adobe pdf icon

 

Species Status Assessment Report for Spring River Crayfish (Dec. 7, 2018) Adobe pdf icon

 

Petition 1,145-pages Adobe pdf icon

 

 

Flowering Plants

Hall's bulrush (Schoenoplectus (Scirpus) hallii)

Lead: Missouri Field Office

 

Status Assessment 1998

 

Hill's thistle (Cirsium hillii)

Lead: Michigan Field Office

 

Status assessment 1997

Decision on the Status Recommendation (decision not to designate as candidate species)

 

Oklahoma grass pink (Calopogon oklahomensis)

Lead Chicago Field Office

 

Federal Register Notice: Not Warranted 12-Month Finding (15-page PDF)

 

Wolf's spike-rush (Eleocharis wolfii)

Status Assessment 2009

 


Midwest Ecological Services Home

 

Midwest Endangered Species Home