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Endangered Species Status for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee; delay of effective date

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, found in eastern and midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has delayed the effective date to March 21, 2017 for its January 11, 2017 Final Rule which determines endangered species status for the rusty patched bumble bee, “… a species that occurs in [Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin] and Ontario, Canada …” – It is the first bumble bee species in the continental U.S. to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Document Title: * The title of the February 10, 2017 FWS Federal Register Final Rule is “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee; delay of effective date”
* The title of the January 11, 2017 FWS Federal Register Final Rule and September 22, 2016 Proposed Rule is “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee”

Organization: The February 10, 2017 Federal Register Final Rule was signed on February 7, 2017 by James W. Kurth who is the Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The January 11, 2017 Federal Register Final Rule was signed on December 27, 2016 by Teresa R. Christopher who is the Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The September 22, 2016 Federal Register Proposed Rule was signed on September 12, 2016 by Stephen Guertin who is the Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Source: February 10, 2017 and January 11, 2017 FWS Federal Register Final Rules

September 22, 2016 FWS Federal Register Proposed Rule

Effective Date: March 21, 2017

Web site: The February 10, 2017 FWS Federal Register Final Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/html/2017-02865.htm

The January 11, 2017 FWS Federal Register Final Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/html/2017-00195.htm

The January 10, 2017 FWS Fact Sheet on the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is posted at
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/insects/rpbb/pdf/RPBBFactSheet10Jan2017.pdf

The September 22, 2016 FWS Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/html/2016-22799.htm

A Species Profile for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is posted at
http://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=I0WI

Contact: Questions may be directed to Peter Fasbender who is a Field Supervisor with the U.S. FWS Twin Cities Ecological Services Office in Bloomington, Minnesota at 952 252 0092, extension 210; e-mail: Peter_Fasbender@FWS.gov

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