Wetland and Wildlife Surveying and Permitting

Evaluation of wetland ecosystems requires extensive experience and expertise in the identification of local native flora, aerial photointerpretation, understanding current and historic site hydrology characteristics, and knowledge of the biogeochemical processes that drive the formation and identification of hydric soils that support wetland habitats. E Sciences’ biologists and ecologists have delineated thousands of acres of wetlands and have extensive personal experience in wetland identification and wetland permitting services for large scale regional development projects, mitigation banks and land restoration projects, utility corridor studies, marine-based construction, and major roadway projects.

E Sciences has worked closely with both private and public entities throughout Florida to assess project-specific habitat and mitigation requirements for lands occupied by listed species. E Sciences’ experienced ecologists and biologists can determine the potential presence of protected species, as well as design and conduct surveys to estimate population density and habitat usage of protected species on any type of site. Our staff is versed in land planning, relocation, and mitigation to manage listed species protection. E Sciences employs several authorized agents to conduct sea turtle surveys and management, and our marine ecologists and biologists have experience with many issues involving Coastal Construction Control Line permits, sea turtle monitoring on beaches during sea turtle nesting season, and specifications for FWC approved sea turtle friendly lighting. We also have FWC Gopher Tortoise Agents on staff to survey and relocate tortoises. E Sciences can provide 24/7 manatee observations for dredging and construction activities. Our scientists are experienced in Essential Fish Habitat assessment and Endangered Species Biological Assessment Technical Memos which are required to satisfy NEPA requirements. Species regularly surveyed and permitted include: gopher tortoise; Florida black bear; West Indian manatee; Florida scrub-jay; crested caracara; wood stork; sand skink; sea turtle; kestrel; burrowing owl; eastern indigo snake; red-cockaded woodpecker; Florida sandhill crane; Florida panther; bald eagle; various wading birds; and rare plants.