[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 59 (Monday, March 28, 2011)]
[Pages 17147-17148]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-7189]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-MB-2011-NXXX; 10154-1231-0000-D3]

Proposed Information Collection; Monitoring Recovered Species 
After Delisting--American Peregrine Falcon

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 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 July 31, 2011. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by May 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail). Please include 1018-0101 in the subject line 
of your comments.

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


I. Abstract

    This IC implements requirements of the Endangered Species Act (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA). 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) and 
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 (64 FR 46542). 
Section 4(g) of the 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 Web site at 
http://library.fws.gov/pubs1/peregrine03.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 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 
territory 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 are archived in a deep freeze for analysis at a later 

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

III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include 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: March 22, 2011.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-7189 Filed 3-25-11; 8:45 am]