Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Before calling our office, please check the list of topics and questions below or try our National FAQs page.
• How do I know if I need a permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)?
• Can I expect a response to my request for the FWS to review my project?
• I am applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Conditional Letter of Map Revision or Change. Do I need the Service to approve my project?
• Where do I get more information on hunting, fishing or other non-game wildlife?
• How do I get more involved?
• Other helpful links...
How do I know if I need a permit from USFWS?
If you are with a federal agency or your project is federally funded or authorized and you may affect federally listed or proposed species, refer to our office's section 7 consultation page. If no federal agency is involved and you think you need a permit for endangered species, refer to our office's Habitat Conservation Plans page. The USFWS National Permits page is a good source for information on other laws and treaties the FWS administers.
Can I expect a response to my request for the FWS to review my project?
The Austin Field Office can only respond to those requests where a threatened or endangered species may be present and/or affected by a proposed project. For these projects an incidental take permit may be advisable.
For more information on the incidental take permitting process, please see our section 7 page for those projects with a federal nexus (i.e. authorized, funded or carried out by a federal agency) and our Habitat Conservation Plan page for non-federal projects. If you need a list of species that may be affected by your project, consult the FWS Information Planning and Conservation page or contact a qualified professional biologist.
I am applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Conditional Letter of Map Revision or Change. Do I need the Service to approve my project?
For individuals requesting a FEMA conditional letter of map revision or change, FEMA offers additional guidance for this process in their document "Overview: Endangered Species Act Compliance for Conditional Letters of Map Change" which is found on their Endangered Species Act Fact Sheet web page. You can determine if there are federally protected species in the county where your project occurs by using our automated species system list found on our Information for Planning and Conservation (IPaC) website. If you think a listed species may be in or near your project area then please learn more about Habitat Conservation Plans on our website https://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/hcp-overview.html.
Where do I get more information on hunting, fishing or non-game wildlife?
For information on hunting and fishing licenses, check out Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Information and Licenses page
For hunting and fishing on National Wildlife Refuges in Texas, check out the USFWS's Texas Refuges page and follow the links to refuges with hunting and fishing opportunities: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Aransas NWR, Balcones Canyonlands NWR, Big Boggy NWR, Brazoria NWR, Buffalo Lake NWR, Hagerman NWR, Laguna Atascosa NWR, Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, McFaddin and Texas Point NWR, San Bernard NWR, or Trinity River NWR.
For information on what to do if you've found injured wildlife, check out Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Hunting and Wildlife - General FAQs page
Check our our Migratory birds permit page for information on falconry, raptor propagation, scientific collecting, special purposes (rehabilitation, educational, migratory game bird propagation, and salvage), take of depredating birds, taxidermy, and waterfowl sale and disposal.
For opportunities to view the endangered golden-cheeked warbler or black-capped vireo, check with the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
For more ideas on ways to expose your family to fish and wildlife and outdoor opportunities, try our "Let's Go Outside! web page and the National Wildlife Refuge System's America's Great Outdoors web page
For photographs of wildlife, try the USFWS National Digital Library
How do I get more involved?
To speak with someone who may be able to help you do something beneficial for wildlife on your land and potentially provide funding for a portion of it, try our Partners for Fish and Wildlife program
For volunteer opportunities with the USFWS, try the USFWS Volunteers web page or our Southwest Region's Volunteer Opportunities web page
If you are an educator or work with Boy or Girl Scouts, try the USFWS Educator's Page
For information on jobs with the USFWS, try our Human Capital web page
Other helpful links...
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) - recycling, environmental complaints, droughts, preventing pollution
US Army Corps of Engineers: Ft Worth District - wetland permits, recreational lakes
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Contaminants
USFWS Climate Change web page
USFWS Deepwater Horizon oil spill response