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12/15/2020: Monarch butterfly becomes candidate for listing under ESA:

On December 17, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish a 12-month finding in the Federal Register in response to a petition to list the monarch. After a thorough assessment of the monarch butterfly’s status, the Service has found that adding the monarch butterfly to the list of threatened and endangered species is warranted but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions. With this decision, the monarch becomes a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and its status will be reviewed each year until it is no longer a candidate.   
More information about the 12-month finding and how to help conserve monarch butterflies is available here: https://www.fws.gov/savethemonarch.

10/7/2020: Black Rail final listing and 4(d) rule:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish our final listing and 4(d) rule for the eastern black rail on Thursday, October 8.  Effective November 9, the eastern black rail will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In October 2018, the Service conducted a Species Status Assessment (SSA) for the eastern black rail followed by the proposed rule to list the species as threatened. We are listing the rail as threatened because we have determined that it is likely to become in danger of extinction (endangered) in the foreseeable future. The final 4(d) rule provides standard protections, and it exempts incidental take resulting from conservation activities, mechanical treatment related to restoration or maintenance for safety and operational needs, wildfire control, and prescribed burns or mechanical treatments in soil management units or converted croplands. Additionally, the Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the eastern black rail is not prudent.

There are no recent documented breeding pairs of the black rail in New York.

Federal Register Link (Listing Rule)

Federal Register Final 404(d) Rule

9/28/20: Longsolid and Round hickorynut listing proposals:

Following rigorous scientific reviews of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the longsolid and round hickorynut freshwater mussels, found in streams and rivers in the Eastern U.S., as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

With today’s action, the Service is also proposing critical habitat and special rules under section 4(d) of the ESA that tailor protections for each species, along with economic analyses on the costs associated with critical habitat designation. The Service found a third eastern freshwater mussel, the purple lilliput, does not warrant ESA protection. 

The longsolid occurs in The Allegheny River drainage in western NY.  The round hickorynut is extirpated from the State.

Press Release

Federal Register 

Comments due December 28, 2020

9/1/20: New Chittenango ovate amber snail page!

8/3/20: Copenhagen HCP Page posted.

6/10/20:Uploaded rare species coloring book (pdf download)

12/9/19: Updated indiana bat page Projects section with Copenhagen HCP/EA and Supporting Documents.

10/24/19: Uploaded new current range and Area of Influence GIS polygons in IPaC for Northern long-eared bat.

10/7/19: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a 12-month petition finding that several species, including the cobblestone tiger beetle and longhead darter, do not at this time warrant listing under the ESA. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/07/2019-21605/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-twelve-species-not-warranted-for-listing-as-endangered

8/27/19: The Service published three revised regulations implementing sections 4 and 7 of the ESA.
https://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/regulation-revisions.html  

8/15/19: The Service determined that the brook floater and the yellow-banded bumble bee do not warrant protection under the ESA at this time.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/15/2019-17536/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-12-month-findings-on-petitions-to-list-eight-species  

8/15/19: The Service announced initiation of a 12-month review to determine whether listing may be warranted for the lake sturgeon.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/15/2019-17569/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-90-day-findings-for-three-species  

7/31/19: Added northern riffleshell to mussel page and species page.

7/31/19: Updated steps in our section 7 process.

7/24/19: Replaced Mussel Survey Guidance links with new West Virginia document: Mussel Survey Guidance on NY Species page.

7/23/19: Uploaded new current range GIS polygons in IPaC for dwarf wedgemussel and eastern massassauga rattlesnake.

5/8/19: Replaced old northern long-eared bat links with new online 4(d) rule determination

4/11/19: Linked to Frosted elfin website

4/8/19: Updated Chittenango ovate amber snail species page.with newly published 2018 COAS educational booklet link.

3/22/19: Updated PDF's for Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) - Threatened:
Northern Long-eared Bat winter hibernacula locations (not exact locations - we recommend at least a 1-mile buffer for initial screening) (pdf) and towns with maternity roosts (pdf)

10/24/18: Bog turtle Phase 1 and 2 survey protocols for the northern population have been updated, as well as the Phase 1 habitat survey data form.  A Supplemental Information document to the Phase 1 habitat survey data form is now available that provides additional clarity on the form. See our bog turtle page.

1/25/18: Updated the New York IPaC area of influence for the Indiana bat.

9/15/17: Updated our Chittenango ovate amber snail species page.

4/5/2017: A new page with trainings and presentations on the Endangered Species Act was added! If you are interested in learning more, check out: https://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/es/ESTraining.html

3/21/2017: Listing of the rusty-patched bumblebee became effective on March 21, 2017, making it the first endangered species of bumblebee in the U.S.  For more information on this species, see: https://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/es/NYSpecies.htm

1/19/2017: Bald eagle updated species information

1/18/2017: There are some changes to IPaC. Watch this video to find out more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDWazJTZk9Q

1/11/2017: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the final rule listing the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species. The rule becomes effective March 21, 2017. More information can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/insects/rpbb/pdf/FRFinalListingRuleRPBB11Jan2017.pdf

12/22/2016: Added link to NLEB 4(d) streamlined form for non-federal agency projects and added link to NLEB 4(d) federal agency consultation page 

9/29/2016: Optional Checklist to Assist with Submission (pdf)

9/29/2016: NYFO Updated Species Conclusion Table

9/29/2016: Eastern Massasauga Listed as Threatened: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is protecting the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We also determined that designating critical habitat for the eastern massasauga is not prudent due to an increased risk of collection and persecution. The final rule will publish in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016, with an effective date of October 31, 2016. The public inspection version is available September 29, 2016 at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-23538.pdf.

9/21/2016: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Proposed Endangered:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Publication of the proposed rule opens a 60-day public comment period that will close on November 21, 2016. More information can be found at
https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/insects/rpbb/index.html

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

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