Category Archives: Endangered Species

Protecting Endangered Species

Species on the Endangered Species List are protected from harm by human activities intentional or unintentional. When companies operate in areas that contain endangered species, the companies must develop a plan that will minimize the harm or potential harm to … Continue reading

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Rusty Patch Bumblebee Update

The USFWS published a revised decision on the Rusty Patch Bumblebee. The rule placing it on the Endangered Species List was scheduled to be in effect today, February 10, 2017. However, that rule along with all other rules published but … Continue reading

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Rusty Patch Bumblebee Redux

Last month. I posted about the Rusty Patch Bumblebee being added to the endangered species list with a recovery plan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS finalized the plan before the Trump administration took office. However, … Continue reading

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Monarch Milkweed Math

John Pleasants* estimates the numbers of milkweed plants lost to changes in agricultural practices and the extent of the conservation effort required to replace them. Almost 900 million milkweed plants have been lost from corn and soybean fields (mostly) and … Continue reading

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Do Not Mow or Spray

The State of Indiana has announced a new conservation program called CORRIDORS (Conservation On Rivers and Roadways Intended to Develop Opportunities for Resources and Species). The Indiana┬áDepartment of Natural Resources has 3 partner agencies, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), USDA … Continue reading

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Living With Protected Pollinators

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee, Bombus affinis, to the endangered species list. The species is reduced to small populations in 13 northern states including Indiana. Its habitat is tallgrass prairie and grasslands … Continue reading

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Living With Mitchell Satyrs

The Mitchell Satyr, Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii, is an endangered butterfly found mostly Michigan, and Northern Indiana. It inhabits fens feeding on tussock sedge. Before human development, habitat was created by beaver dams and fires that removed trees that shade the … Continue reading

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