Burrowing owls occur in flat, scrubby, and generally open habitats throughout the Southwest; in desert, agricultural lands, and urban areas alike. Often development projects occur in burrowing owl habitat and legislation is in place that requires due diligence.
I have hours upon hours of experience surveying for burrowing owls. I can perform surveys for you, suggest conservation measures when required, coordinate with all interested parties, and provide a biological report. I will walk you through the process clearly and seamlessly. Early coordination is advised in the event a burrowing owl lives in your project area.
Migratory birds and potentially their nests exist in all habitats throughout the Southwest. If you are planning a development project there is strong chance a migratory bird nest search, depending on the season, will be required prior to ground breaking activities or tree removal.
I've completed numerous such nest surveys in Arizona and the Southwest, as well as avian point-counts to establish baseline data. I can perform your surveys, assist you in coordination with interested parties, and help develop conservation measures to ensure your project goes forward legally and with environmental stewardship. If you are not sure if your project requires a migratory bird nest survey, don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
Both the Mojave (threatened) and Sonoran (candidate) desert tortoises are generally found in basins and bajadas of desertscrub communities. Many linear projects in Arizona and the Southwest cross these areas and pose a threat to tortoises.
My years of tortoise habitat assessment and surveys could assist you in determining your project needs. Whether you need a baseline survey to prepare you ahead of your project, project surveys as a result of previous mitigation requirements, or development of avoidance measures, I can help you get it all done efficiently, handle coordination, and provide any necessary reports.
Southwestern willow flycatcher
Whether you need a baseline survey ahead of a project, species-specific surveys, or surveys during and after construction, I can provide the work on the ground, obtain permits, coordinate with the agencies, and help keep you aware of all legal requirements. Surveys include Migratory Bird Treaty Act nest searches, burrowing owl, southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, desert tortoise, and more.
Bats roost all over the Southwest; in caves, mine shafts, bridges, culverts, buildings, trees, and more. I performed presence/absence surveys on transportation structures (including inside London Bridge) in habitats all across Arizona and assisted the AGFD in a county-wide survey of Maricopa County, AZ. Such surveys can provide you with the information you need to avoid bats or enact conservation measures to minimize your impact.
The endangered southwestern willow flycatcher breeds in riparian habitats across Arizona and the Southwest. Additionally, several of these areas are designated critical habitat. Projects that cross designated critical habitat, suitable habitat, or occupied habitat, will likely be subject to Section 7 and require surveys.
I managed many such projects and can assess yours to provide you with guidance. I am permitted by the USFWS to perform protocol surveys for the southwestern willow flycatcher. I can provide these surveys to your ongoing Section 7 Consultation, or conduct the Section 7 Consultation on your behalf.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Arizona Game and Fish Department
others obtained on as needed basis
southwestern willow flycatcher
Chiricahua leopard frog
flat-tailed horned lizard
wildlife tracking workshop
Feel free to contact me with wildlife survey needs not listed; large or small, a raptor search or assessing a wildlife corridor. If I cannot perform it, I'll point you in the right direction. Numerous county, state, and federal laws protect wildlife, if you're ever unsure of your project requirements contact me and I'll be happy to give you the knowledge you need.
The threatened yellow-billed cuckoo may be found in riparian woodlands and mesquite bosques in Arizona and the Southwest. Projects that may impact cuckoos and/or their habitat, may be subject to Section 7, requiring a Biological Assessment and surveys.
I am permitted by the USFWS to perform protocol surveys for the yellow-billed cuckoo. I can provide these surveys to your ongoing Section 7 Consultation, or conduct the Section 7 Consultation on your behalf.