Utah Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region
Utah's Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Training

Photo of southwestern willow flycatcher at nestBackground

The southwestern willow flycatcher was listed as an endangered species in 1995 (60 FR 10694, February 27, 1995) with the most recent designation of critical habitat in 2005 (70 FR 60886, October 19, 2005).  Our Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS) contains information on the southwestern willow flycatcher and can be accessed here. Our Arizona Field Office in Region 2 is the lead for the southwestern willow flycatcher. Additional information about this species, including over 300 publications and the 2010 survey protocol, can be found at this website hosted by Arizona Partners in Flight and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Training Workshop Information

In coordination with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, we offer a Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Survey Training Course each year.  The training emphasizes identification of flycatcher habitats and use of the 2010 survey protocol, "A Natural History Summary and Survey Protocol for the Soutwestern Willow Flycatcher."  Individuals who wish to survey for southwestern willow flycatchers must complete this or similar training in order to receive a permit (see below).

The primary objectives of the survey training course in Utah are to:

  1. ensure consistency and quality of surveys following Service-approved protocol;
  2. ensure surveyors meet all requirements of Endangered Species Act consultation and compliance;
  3. increase the number of qualified surveyors; and
  4. increase the Service’s knowledge of the distribution of this endangered bird.

The course will consist of classroom and field sessions.  Successful completion of all sessions of the training is required to apply for, maintain, or renew survey permits in Utah.


Please note that in order to conduct southwestern willow flycatcher surveys, you must possess an Endangered Species Act section 10(a)(1)(A) endangered species permit or subpermit.  You may obtain an endangered species permit application (Permit # 3-200-55) form at http://endangered.fws.gov/permits/index.htmlCompletion of the survey training course is a requirement for obtaining a permit or subpermit.

Permit processing procedures necessitate applying 90-days in advance of planned surveys to ensure timely issuance of the permit.  We strongly recommend applying for survey permits at least 3 month prior to the survey season to ensure the permit processing is completed.

If you have received a permit in the past few years and plan to continue surveying, please check your permit to see if you need to renew it.  If you do, a letter stating that you have taken the survey training course, had a permit in the past, and are requesting renewal should be submitted to our Regional Office in Denver prior to your permit’s expiration date.

Permit reports must be sent to the respective Ecological Services Field Office in the state(s) where surveys are conducted, immediately following each field season.  Annual reports are necessary to maintain valid survey permits.  These reports provide us with valuable information regarding distribution of southwestern willow flycatchers.  Negative results are just as important to submit as positive results; in addition, annual reports should be submitted even if you did not survey for the species that year.

Materials from the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Survey Training

The survey protocol was last updated in 2010. If you are doing surveys in Utah, please use the protocol and the field forms from this document.

Contact Information

For more information on the southwestern willow flycatcher throughout Utah, contact Melissa Burns at (801) 975-3330, ext. 123.

For permits to surveys for southwestern willow flycatcher, download Form 3-200-55 and mail it to our regional office at

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered Species Permit Office
Denver Federal Center
P.O. Box 25486
Denver, Colorado 80225-0489

If you have questions regarding the permitting process, please call our permitting office at (303) 236-7400 or e-mail at permitsR6ES@fws.gov.

Last updated: June 18, 2013