|Courtesy of USFWS, photo by Paul Burton|
Dan Soluk, a long-time researcher of Hine's, has been rearing them at his lab at the Univ. of South Dakota - Story Here. Some of the readers may remember Dan as coming up with the idea of sucking the water out of the crayfish burrows to search for the dragonfly nymphs. Kudos to him and his crew on this latest development. An official USFWS release is here, and has more info than the AP story.
With so many populations being found in Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinios -- all on limestone-influenced fens, I wonder if the species will have its threat status changed to threatened rather than endangered? That would be the goal of any ESA program -- to reduce the threat to a species' existence. In the case of S. hineana, it would seem that protecting the species may be the key to protecting the habitat.