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We have specific Survey Protocols for some of the listed species in the Mountain-Prairie Region which should be followed when a permittee wants to establish presence or absence of the species. Please check to see if your species of interest have a survey protocol available. Survey protocols may be updated at any time, so please be sure to check back occasionally. In most cases you will still need a recovery permit before implementing a survey protocol.








Wyoming Toad

Wyoming Toad Pit Tagging Protocol

Wyoming Toad Reintroduction Protocol

Mexican Spotted Owl

2012 Mexican Spotted Owl Survey Protocol

MSO Data Sheet

Pallid Sturgeon

Biological Procedures and Protocols for Researchers and Managers Handling Pallid Sturgeon

Pallid Sturgeon Propagation Plan

American Burying Beetle

ABB Rangewide Survey Guidance_Final8May2018


A Manual for Handling Bears for Managers and Researchers

General - Plants

2011 Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting Botanical Inventories and Monitoring of Federally Listed, Proposed, and Candidate Plants

Desert Tortoise

1999 Desert Tortoise Field Manual

2017 Desert tortoise Pre-project Survey Protocol

2017 Desert tortoise Table 2 Mojave

Desert Tortoise Pre-project Survey

Protocol (estimating tortoise density)


Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Survey Protocol 2010

2010 SWWF Protocol
Letter - 2010

A Natural History Summary and Survey Protocol for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

SWWF Appendix 1 SWWF Appendix 2 SWWF Appendix 3 SWWF Appendix 4 SWWF Survey Form

Upper Colorado Endangered Fish

Fish Handling Guidance for the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program February 2008

Dakota Skipper


2018 Dakota Skipper Survey Protocol

Black-footed Ferret

Black-footed Ferret Survey Guideline 1989

Black-footed Ferret Managed Care Operations Manual Supplement to Managed Care Manual Form Examples (ZIP) USFWS

Black-Footed Ferret Field Operations Manual

Ute Ladies’-Tresses

 Ute ladies'-tresses Survey Protocol Overview 2015

Interim Survey Requirements for Ute ladies'-treses Orchid 1999

2005 Rangewide Status Review for Ute ladies'- tresses



Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Protocol 2016

Guidelines for the identification of suitable habitat for WYBCU in Utah

 Instructions for use of YBCU Daily Datasheet



New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

Interim NM Jumping Mouse Survey Protocol 2015

2018 NMJM Track Plating Protocol




2017 and YBCU_data_table

YBCU Daily Datasheet 2017


Quick Reference YBCU 2016

YBCU Survey Seasonal Summary Form 2016

YBCU Survey Site Description form 2016 for electronic submission



Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

 Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Revised Survey Guidelines 2004

Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse 2004 Survey Field Compilation







Utah Prairie Dog

Utah Prairie Dog Survey Protocol 2014

Utah Prairie Dog Recommended Translocation Procedures September 2009



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