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Survey protocol information and resources for the Utah Ecological Services Field Office.

In coordination with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service offers a Mexican Spotted Owl Surveyor Training each year.  The training emphasizes identification of owl habitats and use of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2012 Mexican spotted owl survey protocol in canyon habitats.  Completion of this survey training, or one similar, is recommended for all currently permitted and future permit applicants who plan to conduct Mexican spotted owl surveys in Utah.

Objectives of the survey training course are to:

  • Ensure consistency and quality of surveys following the Service-approved protocol, for purposes of Endangered Species Act consultation and compliance, and
  • Increase the number of qualified surveyors in Utah, in order to increase our knowledge of the distribution of the owl in Utah. 

This training session consists of classroom and field portions.  Successful completion of all portions of the training is required to apply for, maintain, or renew survey permits in Utah.

The 2024 training will be offered April 9th and 10th, 2024 in Moab, Utah. April 9 (12:30  to 10:00 pm) will consist of a classroom session and field visit with nighttime calling.  April 10 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm) includes a morning habitat walk and wrap up discussion.

Registration Information

  • Please register here:  2024 Utah Mexican Spotted Owl Registration Form
  • The training is free to attend but requires advanced registration. Participants are responsible for their lodging and food during the training. 
  • Contact Sam Schratz via e-mail at Samuel_Schratz@fws.gov for additional information.  
  • Note registration is limited to 30 participants due to safety concerns. If you are placed on the waitlist, you will be notified promptly after registration.  
  • If you can no longer attend after registering, please contact Sam so that you can be taken off of the list.    

Can't make it to this training? Check out other training offerings here: 2024 AZ/NM Mexican Spotted Owl Survey Training