Wildlife Surveys


The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is 890 square miles of important habitat for many wildlife species.


Hoary Bat

The ESER Program contractor has historically collected data on several key groups of wildlife that occupy the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, including raptors, sage-grouse, 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 1970) 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)
  • ald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (1940)
  • Executive Order 11514 (1970), Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality (Created in furtherance of the purpose and policy of National Environmental Policy Act; 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 (2011)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Energy and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service 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 Idaho National Laboratory Site (DOE-ID and USFWS 2014)

Following are links to results from wildlife surveys conducted by the ESER contractor on the INL Site during 2015.