About Us

The Alabama Ecological Services Field Office was established in the mid-1980s. Our main office is located in the heart of downtown Daphne, Alabama. We also have sub-offices in Grand Bay, Tuscaloosa and Decatur.  

We are a staff of 20 employees committed to collaborating with Federal and State partners, private landowners, industry leaders, volunteers, scientists, educators, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders to implement the Endangered Species Act. We also assist those who strive for sustainable ecosystems in our great state and beyond. 

Alabama is one of the most geologically and biologically diverse states in North America. Our biologists are responsible for the recovery and protection of more than 142 listed species throughout the state.  Habitats include beaches, dunes and wetlands along the coast that support shorebirds, sea turtles, and mammals, , and uplands that support longleaf pine, as well as a host of freshwater animals. In north Alabama, karst features create unique habitat for many species, and the streams that flow throughout the state are home to a majority of the listed species.   

Our Mission

Our mission is to: 

  • Recover federally threatened, endangered and at-risk species with the help of our partners. 
  • Use the best available science under the Endangered Species Act to make decisions on the recovery of species, with full transparency to the public. 
  • Minimize threats to imperiled species on federal lands or federally authorized projects. 
Buttahatchee SHU fish survey that included USFWS staff from the Alabama and Mississippi ES offices as well as state and NGO partners from both states.