The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s legal settlement with WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity covers hundreds of species in nearly every region of the country. If your reaction to the news late last month that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needed to take action on over 700 species in one day under the agreement was, “I need a spreadsheet for that,” you are not alone.
To help, we created an Excel spreadsheet with all the actions listed in appendices of the WildEarth Guardians motion. You can find it here. To find what what species in your state are covered, sort by Regional Office (first column) and work from there.
(There are only 170 rows of entries because some single entries are something like: “42 species of Great Basin springsnails.”)
Find the data we worked from in the motion (pages 21 – 23), here.
If you like this whole spreadsheet idea, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also created that spreadsheet, of the 251 species on the “candidate” species list (those were found warranted for listing, but precluded for lack of funding), which you can download here: spreadsheet. That spreadsheet comes sorted by state.
Read the Associated Press article on the big Sept. 30, 2011 deadline. (The most complete version I found was on Newser.)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Web page on the cases, including links to press releases.
An excellent summary of the whole federal Endangered Species Act listing process is in the PDF presented by USFWS’s Edith Erfling at a freshwater mussel summit in Texas.
Photo: The Hermes copper butterfly happens to be the first species listed in the first appendix of the WildEarth Guardians settlement. Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service.