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if you should join the Habitat Conservation Plan Partnership.
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about the Wisconsin Karner blue butterfly recovery program.
to help the Karner blue butterfly through surveys or landowner partnerships.
Karner blue butterfly

Karner blue butterfly (photo by Steve Apps)

Contact information
For more information, contact:
Becky Roth
Karner Habitat Conservation
Plan Coordinator

Training, surveys and resources

Looking for butterflies

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, 2020 for 2019 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 [PDF].

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 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
  • Multiple observations in Burnett County
  • 7/3/2020 and 7/6/2020 - Monroe County
  • 7/9/2020 – Marquette County
  • 7/9/2020 – Waushara County
  • 7/5/2020 – Juneau County

A reminder that if you need to conduct lupine surveys this year that they need to be completed by July 31.

2020 Karner blue butterfly (Kbb) flight predictions are below. These dates represent the average day of 1st observation and standard deviation. This website will be updated as Karners are observed throughout the 2020 season. Kbb peak flight is approximately 2 weeks after emergence.

Three surveys are required to show Kbb absence. The first survey may be done during the first Kbb flight period. If Kbb are observed on the first or second survey, you do not need to complete subsequent surveys. Both second and third surveys must be done during the second Kbb flight period, with a 3-7 day interval between surveys.

Training is required to conduct lupine and Kbb surveys with renewal training at least every 5 years. Please register for training on the training section of this page. Three surveys are required to show Kbb absence.

Location First Flight Emergence Standard Deviation
(+/- days)
Second Flight Emergence Standard Deviation
(+/- days)
Berlin 5/30/2020 12 7/11/2020 10
Eau Claire No Data No Data 7/14/2020 6
Friendship 5/31/2020 4 7/11/2020 4
Grantsburg 6/1/2020 8 7/11/2020 6
Hancock 5/27/2020 11 7/7/2020 7
Mather 5/27/2020 11 7/10/2020 9
Neillsville 5/28/2020 9 7/14/2020 8
Sparta 5/25/2020 10 7/7/2020 9
Stevens Point 6/4/2020 7 7/14/2020 5
Waupaca 5/30/2020 10 7/8/2020 7
Wild River No Data No Data No Data No Data

Please use our online survey to request training materials for the lupine and Karner blue surveys. It may take a few days to receive training materials. Training is required for anyone conducting Lupine and Karner Presence/Absence surveys, all new partners and valid for 5 years. Please direct any questions to the Karner HCP coordinator.

Survey forms

Reporting of Incidental Take Permit Use [exit DNR]
Lupine Presence/Absence (Formerly Level 1) [PDF]
Karner Presence/Absence (Formerly Level 2) [PDF]

Common nectar plants

Common nectar plants of the Karner blue butterfly

Last revised: Friday July 10 2020