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Wildlife Monitoring

The Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research (ESER) contractor has historically collected data on several key groups of wildlife that occupy the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, including Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), raptors, rabbits/hares, breeding birds, and bats. These surveys provide the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) with an understanding of how these species use the INL Site, and context for analyzing historical trends. This information is often used in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and enables DOE-ID officials to make informed decisions for project planning and to maintain up-to-date information on potentially sensitive species on the INL Site.

These surveys also support DOE-ID’s compliance with several regulations, agreements, policies and executive orders including:

  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (1918)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Special Purpose Permit with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) calendar year 2018).
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (1940)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy and the FWS regarding implementation of Executive Order 13186, responsibilities of federal agencies to protect migratory birds (Federal Register 2013)
  • Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) for Greater Sage-grouse on the INL Site (DOE-ID and FWS 2014)
  • Executive Order 11514 (1970); Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality—(Created in furtherance of the purpose and policy of NEPA, directs federal agencies to monitor, evaluate, and control—on a continuing basis—their activities to protect and enhance the quality of the environment)
  • Idaho National Laboratory Comprehensive Land Use and Environmental Stewardship Report (INL 2011)

California myotis (Myotis californicus)

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