Threatened & Endangered or Rare Species
- Rare Animals
- Rare Plants
- Threatened, Endangered or Candidate Species of South Dakota
- Threatened and Endangered Species List by County
- State Endangered Species Law
Reports and requests:
How to Report Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species
Do you know of natural habitat in South Dakota that supports rare, threatened or endangered species? Maybe you are aware of an exemplary natural area that may harbor rare species? If so, contact any one of the below staff members.
Dave Ode: Acting Coordinator-Botanist-Ecologist
Eileen Dowd-Stukel: Endangered Species-Wildlife Diversity Coordinator
Casey Heimerl: Database Manager-Wildlife Biologist
Silka Kempema: Terrestrial Ecologist
Chelsey Pasbrig: Aquatic Ecologist
Rare Species Reporting and Documentation
Documentation of any report of rare, threatened or endangered species is extremely important.
The reporter should support the report with photographs, specimens (if specimens can be legally and ethically taken), written descriptions describing identification characteristics, or past experience with the species. Location, habitat, and any other pertinent biological information should also be recorded. Reports should be sent to staff of the South Dakota Natural Heritage Program. Sightings of migratory birds do not need to be reported with the exception of Whooping Cranes, Eskimo Curlews, and Mountain Plovers. Report wintering concentrations of Bald Eagles and large annual concentrations of migratory shorebirds.
State Endangered Species Permit ProcedureIf you plan to sample or collect any species listed as a state threatened or endangered species, you must request a state endangered species permit. To apply for a state endangered species permit, follow these instructions.
- Learn more about the Wildlife Diversity Program that manages this information.