Threatened and 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.
Vacant: 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
Jordan Purintun: Botanist-Ecologist
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.
- Environmental Review Requests
To request input on potential environmental effects for a specific project that includes rare species, unique or critical habitats, and game or nongame resources, please direct your request to:
SDGFP Environmental Review Coordinator
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Make a Natural Heritage Data Request
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 authorization. To apply for this authorization, follow these instructions.
- Fragile Legacy, Rare Animals of South Dakota
- This booklet contains accounts of some of South Dakota's rarest animal species. Request a free copy of this 46-page publication.