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Nebraska Ecological Services Office

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Endangered Species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides for the conservation of threatened and endangered species of fish, wildlife, plants, and the habitats for which they depend. We work towards the conservation and restoration of threatened and endangered species. We also work with landowners, conservation groups and other agencies to develop cooperative conservation and recovery strategies.

Land owner factsheet: Learn more about endangered species listings and how this may impact you

Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Candidate Species Found in Nebraska

Common Name
Scientific Name
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
Post Gulf Oil Spill World. see species profile
Interior Least Tern Sternula antillarum athalassos
see species profile
Whooping Crane Grus americana
see migratory corridor map and species profile
rufa red knot Calidris canutus rufa
see species profile
Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis

This species uses tall- and mixed-grass prairie in the central flyway as stop overs on their way to their breeding grounds. See fact sheet. Believed to be extinct.

American Burying Beetle Nicrophorus americanus
The current distribution encompasses 8 states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma (see species profile).
Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Cicindela nevadica lincolniana
Confined to eastern Nebraska saline wetlands and associated streams and tributaries of Salt Creek in the northern third of Lancaster County (see species profile).
Platte River Caddisfly Ironoquia plattensis

Final assessment: Not warranted for listing. see species profile

Scaleshell mussel Leptodea leptodon
Scattered within the Mississippi River basin in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma (see species profile).
Topeka Shiner Notropis topeka
see species profile
Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus
see species profile
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid Platanthera praeclara
Restricted to west of the Mississippi River. Currently found in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and in Manitoba, canada. see species profile
Blowout Penstemon Penstemon haydenii
Currently found in Nerbaska and Wyoming. see species profile
Ute ladies' -tresses Spiranthes diluvialis
see species profile
Colorado Butterfly Plant Gaura neomexicana coloradensis
see species profile
Black-footed ferret Mustela nigripes

For distribution see species profile. The endangered species bulletin (2011: A Year in Review) has a summary on black-footed ferret recovery.

The Service block-cleared Nebraska after determining that Nebraska no longer contain any wild, free-ranging black-footed ferrets. Block clearance means that activities within these areas that result in the removal of black-tailed prairie dogs or their habitat will no longer be required to meet the Service survey guidelines for black-footed ferrets, or undergo consultation under section 7 of the ESA.

Northern long-eared bat Myotis septentrionalis
Southeastern Nebraska is included in the WNS buffer area. Interim 4d rule implemented. see species fact sheet

E = Endangered; T = Threatened; P = Proposed; N/L = Not listed

For a list of State and Federally listed species click here.

Please click here for a complete and oficial list by County of listed species in Nebraska.


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.
Last modified: February 09, 2018
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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