Native grassland habitats are increasingly threatened by a wide array of human influences including habitat conversion, pesticide use, and climate change.

The loss of this prairie habitat has resulted in the dramatic decline of several highly specialized grassland species including the Poweshiek skipperling. This small skipper may go unnoticed by most, but it is dependent on tall-grass prairie habitat. 

At Assiniboine Park Zoo, we have established a head-starting program for grassland specialist butterflies that are at risk of extinction. Head-start programs bring young animals in from the wild and raise them until they are old enough to survive on their own. They are then released into the wild to increase the population size or re-establish the population in areas where they have gone extinct. 

About the Species

  • Breeding and Ecology
  • Threats
  • Status
  • Range

Conservation and Research

  • Conservation Goal
  • What is being done in Manitoba?
  • What is Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Role?
  • Partners in Conservation
  • Current Research
  • What can you do?
Poweshiek caterpillar
Poweshiek skipperling