Endangered Species

Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region should keep their spot on the endangered species list, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday.

Monarch Butterfly
Adele Hodde / Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Monarch butterfly population has dropped dramatically in recent years, and the federal government is now considering endangered species protection for the butterfly. 

Monarchs travel through Illinois each year as part of their migration. Earlier this month, conservation experts and state officials held a summit to discuss the state's plan for monarch conservation. 

Illinois Issues: Threatened

Jul 1, 2014
Peregrine Falcon
WUIS/Illinois Issues

State updating endangered species list. Bird of prey may be relieved of the distinction.