biological resources services
EcoPlan’s in-house biologists frequently prepare biological evaluations and assessments, preliminary site screening reports, biological monitoring plans and summary reports, and terrestrial and aquatic species and habitat conservation plans.
Our research assignments include but are not limited to the following:
Habitat conservation planning
Noxious weed inventories
Fisheries and benthic studies
Wetland and aquatic habitat studies
Special status species surveys
Soil Hydrology Studies
Revegetation and Reclamation
Plant and Wildlife Inventories
Riparian Community Surveys
2018 Fort Thomas Avian Surveys
In January 2019, on behalf of SRP, Ecoplan completed their 6th year of avian surveys on the Fort Thomas preserve. EcoPlan surveyed southwestern willow flycatcher (SWFL) and yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU) populations within the two study areas, totaling 1,253 acres. As part of this study, habitat conditions were recorded, and photos were taken to meet the obligations of the two habitat conservation plans. During the 2018 surveys, a record number of SWFL (pictured top right) territories were recorded.
These surveys are required as part of mitigation obligations under the Roosevelt Lake Habitat Conservation Plan and the Horseshoe-Bartlett Habitat Conservation Plan, SRP and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) acquired riparian habitat along the Gila River in Graham County, Arizona. SRP is required to monitor the effectiveness of mitigation measures by conducting periodic surveys of WIFL and YBCU populations and evaluating habitat condition at the mitigation properties.
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Experts can distinguish the Willow Flycatchers from other look-alike species by their loud, raspy "fitz-bew" song.
The Arizona Cliff-Rose has been listed as endangered since 1984.
The Desert Tortoise is native to California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah and have a life span of up to 50 years.