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2014 News and Feature Stories


Dec. 29, 2014: Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under Endangered species Act


Monarch butterfly

We Are the Midwest Region

Year in Review

December 2014


Check out this fun video we put together to help show you exactly what we do!



Comment Period on

Proposal to List Northern

Long-eared Bat as Endangered Closed Dec. 18


This hibernating northern long-eared bat, photographed in an Illinois mine, show symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

This hibernating northern long-eared bat, photographed in an

Illinois mine, show symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Taylor/University of Illnois


November 18, 2014


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2014.


The Service is reopening the comment period to alert the public to additional information provided by state conservation agencies within the range of the species. The Service will consider this information, and all information received previously, while determining whether the northern long-eared bat warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. Reopening of the comment period will allow the public to provide comments on the proposed rule in light of that additional information. A final decision on the proposal is due on April 2, 2015.


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Northern Long-eared Bat Home


Information Received from States

Letter from Midwest and Southeast Association of Fish and Wildife Agencies and Regional Forester Groups (18-page PDF)


Letter from Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (3-page PDF)





Kirtland's Warbler 2014

Nesting Season Reports


A male Kirtland's warbler in hand while banding.

As Kirtland's warblers continue nesting in Wisconsin, monitors track their

breeding season progress and banding studies elucidate their

strategies for expanding into new areas.

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Hannah


November 6, 2014

The Kirtland’s warbler monitoring season is an astoundingly short duration, lasting a mere 3 months. Males typically arrive in Wisconsin the second week in May or earlier, while females are estimated to arrive a week after the males. This year at the Adams County breeding site, our first male was confirmed by Joel Trick (retired Fish and Wildlife Service biologist) on May 11. Biologist and 2013 Kirtland’s nest monitor, Daryl Christansen, confirmed the first female at the site on May 19. The end of May to early June marked nest initiation, as the females diligently constructed nests and laid eggs. While the females incubated eggs, the males defended territory and foraged for insects not only for themselves, but to also keep the females well-fed. The first nest was confirmed by nest monitor Jonathan Stein on June 4 with 5 eggs!


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Kirtland’s Warbler Conspecific Playback Experiment - 2014 Report (8-page PDF)


Kirtland’s Warbler Banding Activities in Wisconsin 2014 (7-page PDF)


Kirtland's Warbler Home



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects

Two Prairie Butterfly Species

Under Endangered species Act


Poweshiek skipperling.

Poweshiek skipperlings are small butterflies most often found in remnants of native

prairie in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and in fens

in Michigan. However, this skipperling may have been extirpated from the Dakotas,

Minnesota and Iowa within the last 10 years.

Photo courtesy of Erik Runquist/Minnesota Zoo


October 23, 2014


The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species are butterflies that depend on prairie habitat and have suffered population declines due to loss and degradation of their native grasslands.


Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined dramatically; it no longer occurs on almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found.


The Poweshiek skipperling, once found in eight states and Canada, now occurs in only a few native prairie remnants in Wisconsin and Michigan and in Manitoba, Canada. Surveys indicate Poweshiek skipperlings have vanished from about 96 percent of the sites where they once occurred. It is uncertain if there are any existing Poweshiek skipperling populations in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.


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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed Under ESA



September 23, 2014: Service Invites Additional Comments on Endangered Species Act Proposals for Two Prairie Butterflies: Service also seeks comment on draft economic analysis

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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Proposed Listing »


Poweshiek Skipperling




Sept. 12, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $35 Million in Grants




September 11, 2014: Service Hosts White-nose Syndrome Conference


Bat with symptoms of white-nose syndrome.





August 26, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.3 Million in Grants to 30 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease


Bat with White-Nose Syndrome.



June 24, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Six-Month Extension for Decision to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered


FAQs about the Extension

Northern Long-eared Bat Home


northern long-eared bat



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champions

Residents of Missouri and Wisconsin

Among Those Honored



Adrian Wydeven (Wisconsin DNR) and Paul McKenzie (USFWS) are

recognized as Champions because of their exceptional contributions to endangered species recovery.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Wydeven and by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


May 19, 2014


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized 55 individuals for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife and plants by designating them 2013 Recovery Champions. Among the award winners honored for their work this year were Service biologist Paul McKenzie of Columbia, Missouri, and Adrian Wydeven, a biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


“We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these dedicated conservationists who are on the front lines fighting the battle against extinction,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Their spirit and determination is the application of Aldo Leopold’s counsel to ‘keep every cog and wheel,’ and they provide hope for all of us that our children and the generations that follow will be able to enjoy the same tremendous diversity of plants and animals that we do today.”


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May 15, 2014: May 16 is National Endangered Species Day


Piping Plover



April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan


News Release

Red Knot Home


Red knot





Jan. 8, 2014: Young Artists Encouraged to Enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest


Woodland Caribou painting




2013 Feature Stories

2012 Feature Stories

2011 Feature Stories



Last updated: January 7, 2020