Incidental Take of Migratory Birds: Dept of Interior Reverses Course

Recently the Department of the Interior reversed the policy of prohibiting incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so that accidental or inadvertent actions resulting in the killing of protected bird species will not be criminally prosecuted.  This represents a policy shift from previous administrations where the potential for criminal prosecution and […]

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Proposed Endangered Species

On September 21st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as an endangered species. The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee represents one of 46 bumble bee species in North America and has reportedly seen an approximately 91 percent population decline since the early 1990s. It was once abundant in […]

Proposed Species De-Listing in Eastern Kentucky

On Monday, August 31st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is moving forward with a plan to de-list the white-haired goldenrod plant from the threatened and endangered species list. The plant is only found in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties in eastern Kentucky and has been listed as threatened since 1988. Additionally, […]

Bat Conservation Strategy & Conservation MOA Update

SMG attended Bat Conservation Strategy & Conservation MOA training hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Kentucky Field Office last week.  Topics included the threatened species listing and interim rule for the Northern Long-eared Bat which went into effect May 4th, 2015.  Earlier this week, we briefly described the interim rule.  Additionally, training […]

The Northern Long-eared Bat 4(d) Rule – What Does it Mean?

While Northern Long-eared Bat listing went into effect earlier this month, the real question people are asking is “what does the 4(d) rule mean for me?”  As part of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is authorized under Section 4(d) to issue regulations to conserve threatened species.  In the case of […]