The beach dune tiger beetle could get special protection while the barn owl could be on its own, if recommendations regarding the state's endangered species list come to pass.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is taking comments from the public on new species to add to the list and existing endangered species to come off the list, with five public hearings planned around the state in March.

The DNR's Bureau of Endangered Resources is recommending removing 16 birds, plants and other animals from the endangered or threatened species list, while adding eight species to the list.

Another 20 species would get updated scientific names.

The eight species to get endangered or threatened status include three birds, the black tern, Kirtland's warbler and upland sandpiper; one freshwater mussel, the fawnsfoot; and four insects, the beach-dune tiger beetle, an ottoe skipper, a leafhopper and an issid planthopper.

The eight species have declining populations in Wisconsin and are in need of greater protection, the DNR said.

The 16 species recommended to be removed include seven animals, the greater redhorse (a fish), barn owl, snowy egret, Bewick's wren, pygmy snaketail (a dragonfly), Blanding's turtle and Butler's garter snake; and nine plants: American fever-few, bog bluegrass, Canada horse-balm, drooping sedge, hemlock parsley, Indian-plantain, snowy campion, yellow gentian and yellow giant hyssop.

"Some of the 16 species proposed for removal responded well to protections given to listed species and management efforts to increase their populations," said Erin Crain of the DNR.

"Others (proposed to be taken off the list) were found to be not as rare as once thought, or no longer occur in the state," Crain said.

The Madison public hearing will be at 4 p.m. on March 5 in the northwoods room of the DNR Science Operations Center, 2801 Progress Road.

Three other public hearings will be in Eau Claire, Green Bay and Milwaukee on March 5, and the last hearing will be in Wausau on March 6.

"This is the most comprehensive review of the list ever conducted by the department," Crain said. "Once the meetings and comment period conclude, we will review, evaluate and adapt, if warranted, all comments before asking the Natural Resources Board to adopt the proposed changes."

Written comments can be emailed to or sent by regular mail to Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Endangered Resources, E/T EIA Solicitation, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

The list has been revised 10 times since the first one came out in 1972, the most recent change in 2011 when cave bats were added because of the threat of white-nose syndrome.

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Great, Kleefish will want an open season on Barn Owls.

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