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Action timeline

January 21, 2010 – The Center filed a scientific petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the northern long-eared bat and the eastern small-footed bat.

June 28, 2011 – The Service made a positive 90-day finding on the Center’s petition for the northern long-eared bat and the eastern small-footed bat.

July 12, 2011 – The Center reached a historic agreement with the Service requiring the agency to make initial or final decisions on whether to add hundreds of imperiled plants and animals to the endangered species list by 2018. The Service was obligated to make a decision on the petition to list the eastern small-footed bat and the northern long-eared bat in 2013.

December 8, 2014 – Some of the world’s leading bat biologists were among more than 80 scientists who sent a letter calling for the Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Department to move forward with their 2013 proposal to give northern long-eared bats the full protection of the Endangered Species Act.

Northern long-eared bat photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons/Kristin Bobo