[Federal Register: April 30, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 84)]
[Page 23486-23487]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval; 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) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which 
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This information collection 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. However, under OMB 
regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information 
collection while it is pending at OMB.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before May 30, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this ICR to the Desk 
Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-
6566 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy 
of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); (703) 358-2269 (fax); or hope--
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

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

    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 to 20 of each are collected over a 
period of no more than 5 years.
    Estimated Nonhour Cost Burden: We estimate the total nonhour burden 
cost to be $156.00 for expenses incurred when contaminants samples must 
be shipped to designated labs for analysis and storage.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
FWS Form 3-2307.................                 214                 638  2.5 hours..........              1,595
FWS Form 3-2308.................                   8                   8  2.5 hours..........                 20
FWS Form 3-2309.................                   8                   8  2.5 hours..........                 20
    Totals......................                 230                 654  ...................              1,635

    Abstract: This information collection (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

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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 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.
    Comments: On February 25, 2008, we published in the Federal 
Register (73 FR 10048) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew 
this collection of information. We solicited comments for 60 days, 
ending on April 25, 2008. We did not receive any comments in response 
to this notice.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection 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. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-9425 Filed 4-29-08; 8:45 am]