As part of assisting county, city, state, and federal agencies comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7, DBS&A has conducted biological evaluations (BEs) and biological assessments (BAs) statewide. DBS&A team members are permitted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct surveys of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis), Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis lucida), and Western Yellowbilled Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus).
DBS&A prepares thorough biological assessments and evaluations based on a clear understanding of the Section 7 consultation process, as well as habitat associations and requirements of threatened and endangered species, and the determination of exposure and effects. We provide uniform, streamlined biological reporting, clarify the level of documentation needed, reduce redundancy, and provide consistency and quality. We are experts in defining the action area buffer zone around the project area, including documentation of existing biological fauna and flora and evaluation of habitats for special-status species. We also evaluate habitat for the potential for wildlife corridors, nests, noxious weeds, and existing land uses.
DBS&A staff members document the findings of the biological survey, describe natural resources and species observed, analyze potential effects resulting from the proposed project, and recommend any necessary mitigation measures to avoid, mitigate, or minimize impacts to natural resources and species. DBS&A can also assist in Section 10 permitting by writing habitat conservation plans with an analysis of potential effects and proposed mitigation/conservation actions.
As part of our ESA and NEPA compliance documents, we can analyze the potential for occurrence of migratory birds and threatened and/or endangered species at proposed project sites and provide recommendations for avoiding, minimizing, and/or mitigating the expected impacts of projects on these species. We are highly familiar with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.