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Schlicht, D. 1997a. Surveys for the Dakota Skipper in Minnesota. Final report submitted to the Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Unpaged.


This project was undertaken to determine the presence of the Dakota Skipper (Hesperia dacotae) in three areas in Minnesota; the upper Minnesota River Valley, the area around Glacial Lakes State Park in Pope County and the area around Chandler in Murray County. The survey was conducted during the adult flight period in early July of 1997. Two surveyors covered parts of 138 sections. Three other prairie obligate species (Oarisma poweshiek, Atrytone arogos, Speyeria idalia) were noted in the study. In the Minnesota River valley there were 119 sections and no Dakota Skippers were found.

The Pope County sites were on 8 sections surrounding Glacial Lakes State Park and 77 Dakota skippers were on 11 sites. The Chanarambie Creek area had 7 Dakota Skippers on 3 sites.

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