Listing of endangered and threatened species identifies
those animals and plants whose continued existence in Nebraska is in jeopardy.
Efforts can then be made to restore the species or to prevent extirpation
or extinction. Once a species is listed, a state law called the Nebraska
Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act, automatically prohibits
take, exportation and possession, and imposes severe penalties on violators.
Over 1,000 proposed projects that would be authorized, funded, or carried
out by state agencies are reviewed annually as part of a mandatory
consultation process designed to prevent a state action from jeopardizing
the existence of an endangered or threatened species.
State recovery plans for endangered or threatened species identify,
describe and schedule the actions necessary to restore populations
of these animals and plants to a more secure status. Plans are implemented
on a priority basis, dealing first with species in the most immediate
danger, whose life requirements are best known, and those which offer
the best opportunity for success. A variety of wildlife management
techniques are used, including reintroduction, captive propagation,
protection of habitat through various forms of acquisition, habitat
manipulation and development, public education, and strict legal protection.
Examples of efforts focused on Nebraska’s endangered and threatened
- Efforts are being made to re-establish breeding populations
of several wildlife species that were extirpated from the state long ago.
The first step on the road to recovery of the endangered river otter has
occurred as the result of over 100 animals, captured in other states and
Canadian provinces, being transported to Nebraska and released into major
- Nesting colonies of the endangered least tern and threatened
piping plover are documented and monitored to determine reproductive success
and to delineate essential nesting habitat. Data is used to identify management
practices necessary for restoration of the two species. River sandbars have
been cleared of vegetation to provide suitable nesting habitat. Nesting colonies
susceptible to human disturbance are posted with signs to prevent intrusions.
- Whooping crane migration stopover sites are being documented
and monitored so that threatened, essential habitat can be protected.
- Research on the swift fox, blow-out penstemon, least
tern and mountain plover, conducted by universities under contract with the
Game and Parks Commission, has identified factors limiting the survival of
species, and has helped determine how the species can be restored or how
further population declines can be prevented.
- The endangered blow-out penstemon has been propagated
in University of Nebraska greenhouses and successfully transplanted to suitable
habitat in the Nebraska Sandhills.
For more information contact:
Michelle Koch firstname.lastname@example.org |
Environmental Analyst Supervisor | Nebraska Game and Parks Commission | 2200
N. 33rd St. | Lincoln, NE 68503 | (402) 471-5438 |