Mitchell's Satyr Habitat Conservation Plan

Mitchell's Satyr Range-wide Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

Mitchell's satyr The Mitchell's satyr lives in only 18 wetlands in Michigan and Indiana. Many of its populations are in jeopardy due to loss of habitat.  Satyrs need a special kind of wetland habitat found in prairie fens, but fens need special management.  Conservation of prairie fens is essential to protect Mitchell's satyr from extinction.

A Federal Recovery Plan has been completed for Mitchell's satyr which guides conservation efforts for the satyr and its habitat.  The Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) in Indiana and Michigan received a grant in 2006 to write a plan that provides a comprehensive framework for managing prairie fens for Mitchell's satyr butterflies. This is called a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The HCP is being written by the Michigan and Indiana DNR and partners, with input from interested citizens like you. Three public meetings were held in 2007 to receive public input.

On this website you will find information about:

  1. what progress has been made on the plan
  2. how you can participate in the planning
  3. why you would want to be involved

Mitchell's Satyr Work Groups

Management Partners Work Group

The Management Partners Work Group was established in 2007 by the Michigan DNR. Its function is to provide a land managers' perspective to the comprehensive, ecosystem-based state-wide HCP for the Mitchell's satyr butterfly. Members include public and private partners with experience in land management, Mitchell's satyr butterflies, and a history of interacting with stakeholders.

When managing habitats for Mitchell's satyr butterflies certain management techniques pose the risk of harming (‘taking') Mitchell's satyr butterflies in either the egg, larval, or adult form. Managers have a unique and useful perspective. They have practical experience of what management techniques are effective and what techniques might unnecessarily cause harm.

The Management Partners Work Group is working interactively during the Habitat Conservation Plan development process to produce an HCP that is compatible with the needs of the various partners and those they represent.

Recovery Work Group

The Mitchell's Satyr Recovery Work Group was organized in the early 1990s to address the need for coordination among stakeholders interested in Mitchell's satyr management and recovery. The group meets annually to discuss Mitchell's satyr research, management, and conservation. Members of the group include scientists, landowners, land managers, and others interested in the conservation of the Mitchell's satyr.

Progress, Presentations, and Draft Documents

The Michigan and Indiana DNR are now in the process of writing the Prairie Fen Management Plan and associated Habitat Conservation Plan for the federally endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly. Below you will find a list of documents, presentations, and drafts associated with the plan, with the most recent documents at the top and the original public meetings information at the bottom.

Public Meetings

The Michigan DNR hosted three public meetings in addition to accepting written comments. Each meeting included a short presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and input on the plan. Public comments were accepted through April 15, 2007, but your comments at any time are appreciated and may be incorporated into plan development.

  • March 3, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Township Hall in Jackson County, 101 W. Liberty Rd., Clark Lake, MI 49234
  • March 6, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • March 10, 2007 from to 3 p.m. at the Fremont Public Library, 1004 W. Toledo St., Fremont, IN 46737

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