Endangered Species

Endangered Mammals include the federally "Endangered" Black-Footed Ferret, Mustela Nigripes.

The "Endangered" Bald Eagle:

The Golden Eagle is also listed as "Endangered", and the maximum penalty under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is one year imprisonment and a $100,000 fine, and under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 2 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, for harming, having, or transporting even a feather.

leaked document from the Army warning of protective status:

Noise regulations for Butts Airfield on the PCMS (PDF)

The"Endangered" Peregrine Falcon:

"Threatened" Raptors also include the Mexican Spotted Owl, Strix Occidentalis Lucida, a species federally listed as "Threatened":

The "Threatened" Borrowing Owl:

The Ferruginous Hawk is listed as "Special Concern" in Colorado:

Monitored populations of two "Candidate Species" for federal listing, include the Mountain Plover, Charadrius Montanus:

and the Swift, or Kit Fox, Vulpes Velox:

plus the Texas Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum, are formerly federally listed as a Category 2 species.

"Threatened" Lesser Prairie Chicken does a mating dance

Map, directions to blind to see Lesser Prairie Chicken lek

Conducted surveys of the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse, Zapus Hudsonius Preblei, a federal "Candidate Species", on Fort Carson, which on July 21 was confirmed by scientists hired by Fish and Wildlife as a unique subspecies, so deserving of it's Endangered Species listing as "Threatened". Click here for a map of the range.

The Southern Redbelly Dace, Phoxinus Erythrogaster, state listed as a "Species of Special Concern".

The Arkansas Darter, Etheostoma Cragini, is a Candidate for the federally "Threatened Species" list.

The "Threatened" Greenback Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus Clarki Stomias is found in the Purgatory River.

The "federally listed" Orchid, Ladies'-Tresses, Spiranthes diluviales is found here

and Botanists have documented the three largest populations of Dwarf Milkweed, Asclepias Uncialis, known to exist.

There are inventories and mapped locations of seven rare plants at the PCMS.

The National Wetlands Inventory lists 40 categories of wetlands totaling 4,776 acres (1,934 ha) in 31 categories at the PCMS.

The Plains Leopard Frog is found in the local wetlands

Complete list of Endangered, threatened, vanishing species of the Southern Rockies

Colorado Division of Wildlife Endangered and Threatened species list

Map of protected area needed, according to the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, of 6,000 locations on 16,700 acres around Picket Wire Canyonlands.

Judge's ruling that orders the Fish and Wildlife Service to designate critical habitat" for the Lane Mountain MilkVetch, threatened by the expansion of Fort Irwin.

From a statistically significant sample of 107 recovery plans, the GAO found that only 34 plans included an estimated date by which the species would be recovered. GAO found that even fewer plans, 20, included an estimated cost for recovery. Worse yet, the GAO found that 102 of the 107 plans reviewed failed to address all of the factors that are considered when the agencies determine whether or not a species is endangered.

"In more than three decades, the ESA has recovered less than one percent of the thirteen-hundred species on its list," House Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-Calif.) said.

"Critical habitat designations improve land management by federal agencies, particularly in our rivers and wetlands and on the millions of acres of publicly owned National Forests, BLM public lands and wildlife refuges."
Dr. Emily Roberson of CNPS

Only 11% of federally listed species in the U.S. have designated critical habitat.

This month, several groups filed to expand "Critical Habitat" for wild Buckwheat , which is also found in the PCMS expansion area

Leaked Army document with lack of listing of all the threatened and endangered species because the surveys haven't been done:

Leaked Army internal report on the enormous amount of pesticides and herbicides used, and that instead of reducing the use by 50%, as mandated by the Army, increased it by 418% in FY04. The effects of reproducing this on the PCMS, in the Purgatory River drainage, is obvious:

Leaked Army document showing NO attempt to inspect underground storage tanks holding gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuels:

Report to Congress by the National Park Service on the effects of aircraft on Wildlife in direct contradiction to the Army's EIS on the PCMS stating: "Potential impacts to birds are discussed in Sections 4.1.5 and 4.2.5 of the DEIS (draft EIS).  Birds, as with mammals discussed in the previous issue, would be subject to direct disturbances from maneuver activity and indirect effects from habitat damage.  The references to jet and helicopter activity is especially interesting since both sites and especially the canyons have been exposed to such flights for years by aircraft flown by the Air Force and Colorado Air National Guard.  Yet both sites are recognized for their abundance of birds, including noise sensitive raptor species such as the ferruginous hawk.  The conclusion to be drawn is that, as with mammals, most bird species will acclimate to intermittent disturbances, even of a severe nature.  The same phenomena has been observed at Fort Carson where bird populations appear to be stable and roughly equivalent with areas of comparable habitat outside of Fort Carson.  The most striking example was the regular nesting of a pair of ferruginous hawks directly under the approach flight path of National Guard jets using a strafing/bombing range.  The jets flew over the nest at a height of about 200 feet on virtually a daily basis.  The adult birds would leave the area during the flights, the young in the nest appeared to be unaffected."

US Fish and Wildlife report (Fort Collins) to the Air Force on the detrimental effects of aircraft on wildlife; again in complete contradiction to the PCMS Environmental Impact Statement; Including, but not limited to cessation of lactation in dairy cows, reduced Hemoglobin, increased white blood cells, various detriments to hormone and endocrine systems, decreased Thyroid production, increased miscarriages, auditory damage, increased infant mortality, etc.