FWS Announces New ESA Listing Status for Fender’s Blue Butterfly

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it is downlisting the Fender's blue butterfly, a species endemic to the Willamette Valley of Oregon, from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency stated that its decision, effective February 13, 2023, is based on best available scientific information that the species has recovered sufficiently to warrant downlisting.