Welcome to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Dakota Ecological Services Field Office

About Us

The North Dakota Ecological Services Field Office is responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act throughout North Dakota.  Our office works in partnership with federal and state agencies and Tribes to conserve and recover species and habitats.

What We Do

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Our Organization

The North Dakota Field Office is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services Program.  We implement reviews of Federal construction projects, endangered species planning and recovery efforts, environmental contaminants research and remediation, habitat restoration and conservation planning assistance, through a variety of conservation partnerships and administration of grants.  Below is the national program pages for Ecological Services - for North Dakota specific information for consultations, please visit the "What We Do" tab, above. 

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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...

Our Species

 The North Dakota Ecological Services Field Office's priority is the protection, conservation, and recovery of our nation's most imperiled species and the habitats they depend upon.  North Dakota has ten species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Listed species are either "threatened" - likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future, or "endangered" - in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

Our office works in partnership with others to protect and recover threatened and endangered species and their habitats to ensure their continued existence.  We also work to conserve species "at-risk" of becoming threatened or endangered by promoting conservation efforts so that protection under the Endangered Species Act is not needed.  Additionally, several bird and eagle species, both migratory and resident populations found in North Dakota, warrant federal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  We prioritize our efforts on the protection, conservation, and recovery of all these species.

Learn more about the species that are the focus of our conservation efforts:

Our Library

2024 USFWS Dakota Skipper Survey Protocol

2024 USFWS Dakota Skipper Survey Protocol 508 Compliant PDF 20240515

Get Involved

Grassland pollinators need your help.  In 2022, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas will be starting bumblebee atlas work hosted by the Xerces Society.  For more information on how you can join in the effort, please click the box below.  

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