[Federal Register: May 12, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 91)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Renewal To Be Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act; 1018-0019; North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service, Service) plan to request that 
OMB renew approval for information collection associated with FWS Form 
3-156 (North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey). The current OMB 
Control Number for this information collection is 1018-0019, which 
expires October 31, 2005. We plan to request that OMB renew its 
approval of this information collection for a 3-year term.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before July 11, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection to Hope 
Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 
(mail); Krista_Bibb@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection requirements, explanatory information, or related form, 
contact Krista Bibb, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at the 
above addresses or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 
implement the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), require that interested members of the public and 
affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). Federal 
agencies may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to 
respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712) and Fish and 
Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a-742j) designate the Department of 
the Interior as the key agency responsible for (1) wise management of 
migratory bird populations frequenting the United States and (2) 
setting hunting regulations that allow for the well-being of migratory 
bird populations. These responsibilities dictate that we gather 
accurate data on various characteristics of migratory bird populations.
    The North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey is an essential 
part of the migratory bird management program. State, Federal, 
Provincial, local, and tribal conservation agencies conduct the survey 
annually to provide the data necessary to determine the population 
status of the woodcock. In addition, the information is vital in 
assessing the relative changes in the geographic distribution of the 
woodcock. We use the information primarily to develop recommendations 
for hunting regulations. Without information on the population's 
status, we might promulgate hunting regulations that are not 
sufficiently restrictive, which could cause harm to the woodcock 
population, or too restrictive, which would unduly restrict 
recreational opportunities afforded by woodcock hunting. The Service, 
State conservation agencies, university associates, and other 
interested parties use the data for various research and management 
    Title of Collection: North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0019.
    Service Form Number: 3-156.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: State, Federal, Provincial, tribal, and 
local biologists.
    Total Annual Responses: 750.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 571 hours. The reporting burden is 
estimated to average 0.67 hours per respondent. With an estimated 70 
percent of the respondents entering data electronically, the reporting 
burden is estimated to average 0.8 hours per respondent.
    We invite your comments concerning this information collection on: 
(1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of our migratory bird management functions, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility; 
(2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond. The information collections in 
this program are part of a system of records covered by the Privacy Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552a).
    Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular 
business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold 
their home addresses from the record, which we will honor to the extent 
allowable by law. There may also be limited circumstances in which we 
would withhold a respondent's identity from the administrative record, 
as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or 
address, you must state this clearly at the beginning of your comment. 
We will not consider anonymous comments. We generally make all 
submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.

    Dated: April 22, 2005.
Krista Bibb,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 05-9430 Filed 5-11-05; 8:45 am]