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Karner blue butterfly

Karner blue butterfly

Resources for HCP partners

Annual report

The Karner HCP Annual Reporting form is now available for HCP Partners. The annual report is due before March 1, 2022, for 2021 activities. Partner Agreements require that those that receive coverage under the Federal Incidental Take Permit for KBB submit a report detailing the activities (e.g. management, ground disturbance work, timber sales, prescribed burns, mowing, surveys, land transfers, outreach/education) that they engaged in for the year.

HCP guide and protocols

The Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan User Guide is the single source of implementation guidelines and protocols for conserving habitat for the Karner blue butterfly, a federally-listed endangered species that is found in Wisconsin. The user's guide contains the management guidelines and protocols as well as the monitoring protocols used by plan partners when conducting activities in the high potential range of Karner blue in Wisconsin.

Download the complete HCP User Guide [PDF].


Management protocols

HCP User's guide flowchart
Habitat Conservation Plan documents
Apply for coverage

Application for consideration for inclusion in the Wisconsin statewide Karner blue butterfly HCP
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One-time permits with a permanent take of habitat will require the completion of a Habitat Replacement Plan Template for Major Construction Projects that can be completed either concurrent with or after the partnership process.

Resources for HCP partners and non-partners

Emergence predictions

The Karner blue butterfly flight for 2022 has ended. Please send in any surveys and check back in the spring for 2023 flight predictions.”

KBB and Lupine Survey Training Request

In order to conduct Karner blue butterfly and lupine surveys in Wisconsin, surveyors are required to take the online survey training initially and then retake it at least every five years. This training requires watching provided videos and passing a multiple choice exam.

In order to register for the Wisconsin Karner blue butterfly and lupine survey online training, please email the following information to the Karner HCP coordinator:

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Office Location (mailing address with city, state, zip code)
  4. Job Title
  5. Organization Name
  6. Are you a KBB HCP partner, working for an HCP partner, or a non-HCP partner?
    • HCP partner = Employees, interns and volunteers of HCP partners
    • Working for an HCP partner = consultant working for a partner
    • Non-HCP partner = Consultant not working for an HCP partner
  7. Your reason for taking the training
Survey forms

Reporting of Incidental Take Permit Use [exit DNR]
Lupine Presence/Absence  [Download PDF]
Karner Presence/Absence  [Download PDF]
Habitat Assessment Form  [Download PDF]

Common nectar plants

Common nectar plants of the Karner blue butterfly