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Status Review for Two Midwestern Species
March 16, 2016 - Positive 90-Day Findings
In response to 29 petitions to list, delist or reclassify a number of species, the Service made substantial findings for 16 species and not substantial findings for 13 species. A "Substantial Finding" means that the petition provides enough information to substantiate that the petitioned action may be warranted. After a substantial finding, the Service begins a thorough status review.
Our findings are in the March 16, 2016, Federal Register. Two of the 16 substantial findings includes species found in the Midwest.
The American burying beetle is currently listed as endangered and we received a petition to delist. Go here for information about the American burying beetle.
The yellow-banded bumble bee had an historical range that extended into the Midwest states of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Yellow banded bumble bees are important pollinators for plants such as blueberries, cranberries and potatoes. According to the petition, threats are thought to include disease, pesticide use and habitat loss.
News Release (March 15, 2016): Service Announces Initial Findings on 29 Endangered Species Act Petitions
Federal Register Notice (March 15, 2016 - Public Inspection Version)
Yellow-banded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola)
Range: CT, IL, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WV, WI
From petition: The historic distribution of B. terricola included the Northeast, southward into the higher elevations of the Appalachians, the upper Midwest extending west to the Rocky Mountains, most of southeastern Canada and northwest into British Columbia. The historic range of B. terricola included the states of: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, and the Dakotas. The species’ historic range also included the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Foundland, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Recent studies suggest that B. terricola has experienced drastic declines throughout much of its historic range.
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