[Federal Register: February 25, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 37)]
[Page 10048-10049]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0101; 
Monitoring Recovered Species After Delisting-American Peregrine Falcon

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on April 30, 2008. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before April 25, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); hope--
grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail, fax, or e-mail (see 
ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

I. Abstract
    This IC implements the requirements of the Endangered Species Act 
(16 U.S.C. 1539). There are no corresponding Service regulations for 
the ESA's post-delisting monitoring requirement. This IC also 
implements the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 704) contained in 
Service regulations in Chapter I, Subchapter B of Title 50 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations (CFR).
    The American peregrine falcon was removed from the List of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on August 25, 1999. Section 4(g) of 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires that all species that are 
recovered and removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened 
Wildlife (delisted) be monitored in cooperation with the States for a 
period of not less than 5 years. The purpose of this requirement is to 
detect any failure of a recovered species to sustain itself without the 
protections of the ESA. We work with relevant State agencies and other 
species experts to develop appropriate plans and procedures for 
systematically monitoring recovered wildlife and plants.
    The American peregrine falcon has a large geographic distribution 
that includes a substantial amount of non-Federal land. Although the 
ESA requires that monitoring of recovered species be conducted for not 
less than 5 years, the life history of American peregrine falcons is 
such that it is appropriate to monitor this species for a longer period 
of time in order to meaningfully evaluate whether or not the recovered 
species continues to maintain its recovered status. The Monitoring Plan 
for the American Peregrine Falcon is available on our website at http:/
/www.fws.gov/endangered/pdfs/peregrin/Peregrineplan2003.pdf . Formal 
collection of monitoring data commenced in 2003. Rangewide population 
monitoring of American peregrine falcons under the Monitoring Plan will 
take place every 3 years through 2015.
    We will use the information supplied on the FWS Forms 3-2307, 3-
2308, and 3-2309 to review the status of the American peregrine falcon 
in the United States and determine if it remains

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recovered and, therefore, does not require the protections of the ESA:
    (1) FWS Form 3-2307 (Peregrine Falcon Monitoring Form) addresses 
the reporting requirements to record observations on the nesting pair, 
and the numbers of eggs and young during each nest visit. Each nest 
will be visited two (or more) times.
    (2) FWS Form 3-2308 (Peregrine Falcon Egg Contaminants Data Sheet) 
addresses the reporting requirements to record data on eggs collected 
opportunistically during a nest visit.
    (3) FWS Form 3-2309 (Peregrine Falcon Feather Contaminants Data 
Sheet) addresses the reporting requirements to record data on feathers 
collected opportunistically during a nest visit. Once collected, the 
eggs and feathers will be archived in a deep freeze for analysis at a 
later time.
II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0101.
    Title: Monitoring Recovered Species After Delisting-American 
Peregrine Falcon.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2307, 3-2308, and 3-2309.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Professional biologists employed by State agencies 
and other organizations, and volunteers that have been involved in past 
peregrine falcon conservation efforts.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Monitoring is conducted every 
3 years. For eggs and feathers, 15-20 of each are collected over a 
period of no more than 5 years.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
3-2307..........................               1,482               1,482  1 hour.............              1,482
3-2308..........................                  12                  12  2 hours............                 24
3-2309..........................                  12                  12  2 hours............                 24
    Totals......................               1,506               1,506  ...................              1,530

III. Request for Comments
     We invite comments concerning this IC on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information;
    (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including 
your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: January 30, 2008
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-3464 Filed 2-22-08; 8:45 am]