Welcome to the Arizona Ecological Services Field Office. Within Arizona, we have offices in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson. We work to protect endangered and threatened species, migratory birds, freshwater fish and wildlife habitat in Arizona. There are more than 60 threatened and endangered plants and animals throughout the state. We collaborate with many private, Tribal, City, County, State, Federal and other organizations and partners to preserve and protect living resources of Arizona ecosystems. In addition, we have staff who focus on environmental contaminants, and who work specifically with tribal and private partners to benefit wildlife on non-federal lands.
What We Do
Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Arizona is an ecologically diverse state that provides habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals. The state contains part or all of the four North American deserts: the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, Mojave, and Great Basin. In addition, Arizona is known for its grasslands, forests, mountains, and rivers, which cover many biological zones of life, from lowland hot, dry deserts to high-altitude cooler, wetter coniferous forests and alpine tundra. There are 72 threatened, endangered, or candidate species in Arizona, including 10 mammals, 9 birds, 5 reptiles, 2 amphibians, 21 fishes, 2 snails, 1 insect, and 22 plants. Many of these species also have designated critical habitat.
Projects and Research
Working with others is at the core of how we operate, and through those partnerships, we develop a number of conservation projects across Arizona. Learn more about some of the key efforts we have underway.
In 2011, through the leadership of Audubon Southwest, the City of Phoenix became an Urban Bird Treaty City, and thus a part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. The outreach and engagement efforts of this Urban Program, based in the Arizona Ecological Services Office in Phoenix, expanded in 2021 to align with Rio Reimagined, a project envisioned by...
In 2011, through the awarding of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Challenge Grant to Audubon Southwest, Phoenix Arizona was designated as an Urban Bird Treaty City. In 2022, in a show of continued support for urban bird conservation, the Urban Bird Treaty was signed by dignitaries from the City of Phoenix, Audubon Southwest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
We can all practice conservation daily in our individual lives. Conserving resource use (such as energy and water consumption, and waste minimization) is a benefit to all life and our planet. When everyone practices conservation, our threatened and endangered species will benefit and their habitats will improve.