Ecological Services
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Scientific Permit Q & A's

What form should I use to apply for a scientific research and recovery permit to conduct presence/absence surveys or do research on endangered or threatened species?

Do I need to get a permit from the state of Texas to work with threatened and endangered species?

Where can I find the permit requirements for conducting presence/absence surveys? (Click a link below for the appropriate species)

-Golden-cheeked warblers

-Karst invertebrates

-Houston toads

-Georgetown, Jollyville Plateau, and Salado Salamanders

How do I report golden-cheeked warbler or black-capped vireo surveys and sightings?


What form should I use to apply for a scientific research and recovery permit to conduct presence/absence surveys or do research on endangered or threatened species?

You will need to fill out form Form 3.200-55. You can obtain a copy from http://forms.fws.gov/3-200-55.pdf (358 KB, PDF).


Do I need to get a permit from the state of Texas to work with threatened and endangered species?

The State of Texas protects certain species. Please visit their website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/permits/land/wildlife/ to get more information on their permit requirements.


USFWS Section 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Permit Requirements for Conducting Presence/Absence Surveys for Endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers

The document below identifies survey methods to be used for conducting presence/absence surveys for golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia, GCWA) under a section 10(a)(1)(A) scientific research and recovery permit. Also included are GCWA habitat descriptions from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Management Guidelines for GCWAs (Campbell 2003). These descriptions include all habitats that the USFWS considers to be potential GCWA habitat, and as such, areas meeting these descriptions should be surveyed in accordance with the following protocol.

GCWA Presence-Absence Survey Protocol


USFWS Section 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Permit Requirements for Conducting Presence/Absence Surveys for Endangered Karst Invertebrates in Central Texas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has developed a document that outlines the USFWS process for conducting presence/absence surveys for federally-listed endangered terrestrial karst invertebrate species in Travis, Williamson, and Bexar counties, Texas, under a section 10(a)(1)(A) permit issued by the USFWS under the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended.

Section 10(a)(1)(A) permits, also referred to as recovery, enhancement of survival, or scientific permits, allow for 'take' of listed species that may or will occur while conducting research to further the recovery of a listed species. This document outlines methods to be used, information to be included in final reports, and minimum qualifications for personnel conducting presence/absence surveys for endangered karst invertebrates under a section 10(a)(1)(A) permit.

The objective of this document is to identify survey methods that will produce sound scientific information upon which to base decisions and actions for the conservation of these endangered species. Using consistent survey methodology will also allow for greater comparison and analysis of results, and thereby increase our understanding of these species and their habitat requirements. Information that relates to the effectiveness of these survey guidelines in conserving endangered karst species is welcome.

Procedures for Conducting Presence/Absence Surveys for Karst Invertebrates

May 28, 2015 Version


United States Fish and Wildlife Service Section 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Permit Requirements For Conducting Houston Toad Presence/Absence Surveys

The document below identifies survey methods to be used for conducting presence/absence surveys for Houston toads (Bufo houstonensis) under a section 10(a)(1)(A) scientific research and recovery permit.

Procedures for conducting presence/absence surveys for Houston toads

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Section 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Permit Requirements For Conducting Georgetown, Jollyville Plateau, and Salado Salamander Surveys

This document outlines the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) requirements for conducting surveys for the federally listed threatened Georgetown (Eurycea naufragia), Jollyville Plateau (Eurycea tonkawae), and Salado (Eurycea chisholmensis) salamanders as conditions of holding a section 10(a)(1)(A) permit.


Golden-cheeked warbler (GCWA) and black-capped vireo (BCVI) reporting for 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Research and Recovery Permits

In an effort to standardize data collection and track data more efficiently, we've drafted the following reporting documents for all GCWA and BCVI sightings. This should simplify the transfer of this data into a GIS. Each attached Excel spreadsheet has an associated Word file with detailed explanations on what each column in the spreadsheet should contain. We would appreciate receiving this information upon completion of the survey (for example, after the 3rd survey, if only 3 are conducted on the property), rather than at the end of the year. Annual reports can refer to these documents for most of the reporting requirements, but should include a synopsis of surveys conducted (including site location map) and detailed descriptions of habitat found on each site. If the files are small enough, you may email them to Clayton Napier (lead for GCWA) or Omar Bocanegra (lead for BCVI), otherwise you may submit them on cd.

Clayton and Omar can be emailed at clayton_napier@fws.gov and omar_bocanegra@fws.gov, respectively. CDs can be mailed to Clayton Napier at the Austin, Texas Ecological Services: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758. Omar Bocanegra can be sent mail at the Arlington, Texas Ecological Services office: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 711 Stadium Drive East, Ste 252, Arlington, Texas 76011.

The following documents [UPDATED 26Jan2011] include those items specifically required by your permit to be submitted as part of your annual report:

GCWA-BCVI Bird Survey Directions (210 KB, PDF) - Sample spreadsheet (80 KB, PDF)

GCWA-BCVI Habitat Assessment Directions (318 KB, PDF) - Sample spreadsheet (80 KB, PDF)

GCWA-BCVI Observation Directions (215 KB, PDF) - Sample spreadsheet (85 KB, PDF)

The following documents refer to data that some people collect and report, but are not required by the permit. If you do collect this information, we would like it reported in accordance with the following format:

GCWA-BCVI Movement Directions (183 KB, PDF) - Sample spreadsheet (81 KB, PDF)

GCWA-BCVI Territory Directions (197 KB, PDF) - Sample spreadsheet (64 KB, PDF)

 

   
     
Last updated: June 25, 2015