Wildlife Services

OVERVIEW

Crested Caracara Wildlife Studies Services
ESA Scheda scientists are experts in the field of wildlife biology and are well-versed in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved censusing methods, monitoring protocols, education plans, permitting requirements, and relocation protocols for both common and protected wildlife species.

Our ecologists' qualifications include:
  • Certified Wildlife Biologists with The Wildlife Society;
  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agents;
  • Qualified Bird Monitors (USFWS and FWCC);
  • Permitted and Trained to handle Burmese Pythons; and
  • Various wildlife handling permits, as needed, from FWC.

SURVEYS

Various techniques are used to indicate the presence of animals including counts of actual animals, tracks, burrows, scat, and calls.  Survey techniques can include pedestrian census, remote infrared camera networks, track counts, spotlight surveys, burrow counts, ‘listening’, and trapping. ESA Scheda ecologists have experience conducting a variety of species-specific surveys, including, but not limited to,red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, sand and blue-tailed mole skinks, snail kite, southeastern American kestrel, crested caracara, panther prey species, burrowing owl, manatee, Florida bonneted bat, Florida beach mouse, and migratory bird species among others.  All survey efforts include habitat assessment.

PERMITTING

ESA Scheda scientists are knowledgeable with regard to ever-changing protected species regulations, and plan the necessary mitigation strategies or acquire necessary permits for proposed impacts.

TRAPPING AND RELOCATION

USFWS and FWC approved trapping methods are used for reptile species, including the gopher tortoise, birds, and small mammal species.  Our relocation experience includes gopher tortoises, burrowing owls, and small reptile species.

WATCH AND MONITORING PROGRAMS

ESA Scheda scientists have designed and implemented numerous watch programs and monitoring protocols for terrestrial and marine protected wildlife species including the Florida manatee, sea turtles, bald eagle, and crested caracara.

BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS

ESA Scheda scientists routinely produce biological assessments in accordance with USFWS or NMFS requirements which are used during the permit application and review process.

EDUCATION

ESA Scheda scientists have designed and implemented contractor training courses for protected wildlife species which includes the identification of protected species and protocols for their protection through power point presentations, brochures, and posters.

QUALIFICATIONS OF ESA SCHEDA ECOLOGISTS

  • Certified Wildlife Biologists with The Wildlife Society
  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agents
  • Qualified Bird Monitors (USFWS and FWCC)
  • Permitted and Trained to handle Burmese Pythons
  • Have obtained various wildlife handling permits, as needed, from FWC

WILDLIFE PROJECTS: