Endangered Species Act

Threatened and Endangered Species Experts

Ecosphere biologists and botanists are permitted to conduct threatened and endangered species (TES) surveys in the following USFWS regions:

  • Region 1 – California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington
  • Region 2 – Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona
  • Region 6 – Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas

Since the early 1980s, Ecosphere biologists have conducted several thousand TES surveys/studies for clients throughout the Southwest. Ecosphere has successfully completed more than 11 Recovery Plans and 17 Status Reports for threatened or endangered plants in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Additionally, Ecosphere has developed TES Sensitive Plant Field Guides for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico Field Offices in Farmington, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Roswell, and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico.

Endangered Species ActEcosphere currently holds a USFWS Recovery Permit (TE819491-0) and our biologists are permitted to conduct:

  • Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) surveys in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Colorado
  • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) surveys in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas
  • Southwestern willow flycatcher nest monitoring in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. (Observations of nests in Colorado may only be conducted with binoculars.)
  • Chiricahua Leopard frog (Rana chiricahuensis) surveys in New Mexico

Ecosphere also holds certifications from the USFWS to conduct:

  • Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) diurnal and nocturnal surveys
  • Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens) surveys in Utah