Biological Resource Surveys
This includes general biological surveys (flora and fauna), and vegetation mapping.
Special-status Wildlife Evaluations
Evaluation for occurrence of, and potential impacts to, Central California special-status species specializing in the following:
Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard
Over 20,000 hours of blunt-nosed leopard lizard (BNLL) surveys following the current CDFG protocol (May 2004) were logged by MBI staff from 2004 to 2013. MBI also provided instructors for The Wildlife Society San Joaquin Chapter BNLL survey workshops in 2007 and 2009.
MBI has expertise regarding Tipton kangaroo rat, giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin antelope squirrel and Mojave ground squirrel surveys, habitat evaluations, and trapping. In addition, MBI maintains professional relationships with sub consultants and has employees who retain appropriate permits for trapping all four of these species.
San Joaquin Kit Fox
MBI has extensive experience involving habitat suitability analyses, den surveys and clarification, detection of site occupation (spotlighting, scent and camera stations), impact evaluation and mitigation design. MBI can perform den monitoring and excavations for properly permitted projects.
MBI has substantial experience documenting the flora of project sites, evaluating impacts, and designing mitigation in Central California. Surveys and documentation have included targeted rare plant surveys, floristic surveys, vegetation mapping, wetland delineations and re-vegetation plans.
MBI can assist with Federal Endangered Species Act (FESA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act, California Streambed Alteration Notification and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting.
Preparation of biological assessments, habitat conservation plans, reclamation plans, revegetation plans, mitigation plans and other resource management documents.
CDFG Section 1600 Streambed Alteration Notifications, Assistance with FESA Section 10(a) and Section 7 Consultation and CDFG Section 2081 Incidental Take Permit Applications.
Biological monitoring, biological resource education programs, regulatory agency coordination, emergency response, habitat management, habitat disturbance tracking, and peer review.