Disclaimer: Animals were handled under a permit with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Biological Services

Over one-quarter of the American landscape is covered by public land, regulated by federal, state, and municipal agencies with multi-use-based missions. In the west, the Federal government manages approximately 47% of all land. Sensitive wildlife, plants, and surrounding habitat characteristics are key resources to maintaining healthy and sustainable landscapes. Many policies exist at state and federal levels to ensure the maintenance of these natural resources while permitting other uses, such as energy development and resource extraction. For any project proponent, these policies can present a complex challenge with the potential for significant impacts on project cost and timeline.

At McGinley, we offer a full line of biological services and regulatory knowledge to guide you through the process, develop efficient solutions, and meet project objectives. Our biological team comprises highly qualified biologists, permitting specialists, project managers, and environmental field technicians that ensure each project complies with local, state, and federal regulations. Our versatility is rooted in the collective expertise of our team members, which includes, but is not limited to, specialists in environmental compliance, botanical and wildlife surveys, habitat evaluations, habitat restoration, invasive species management, GIS, UAV applications, sage grouse monitoring and mitigation, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, acoustic bat surveys, and wildland fire ecology and repair. Our diverse group of biologists has worked throughout the Western United States and is adept at the specific challenges of the environmental compliance landscape. We routinely conduct biological surveys that follow agency-accepted protocols and biological baseline studies supporting NEPA and CEQA and develop mitigation strategies.


We provide the following wildlife services:

  • Biological Baseline Surveys and Reporting
  • Sage-grouse Noise Disturbance Studies
  • Sage-grouse Lek Monitoring
  • Sage-grouse Conservation Credit System Verification
  • Golden Eagle and Raptor Helicopter Surveys
  • Southwest Willow Flycatcher (SWFL) Surveys
  • Migratory Bird (MBTA) Surveys
  • Avian Nesting Surveys
  • Burrowing Owl Surveys
  • Springsnail Surveys
  • Pale Kangaroo Mouse Surveys
  • Desert Tortoise Surveys
  • Acoustic Bat Surveys
  • Special Status Fish Surveys
  • Special Status Aquatic Wildlife Surveys
  • Special Status Avian Surveys
  • Abandoned Mine Wildlife Surveys


  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance
  • Threatened, Endangered, and Special Status Species Surveys
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Wetland Delineations and Jurisdictional Determinations


  • Habitat Evaluations
  • Special Status Plant Surveys
  • Noxious Weed and Invasive Species Management
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvements
  • Riparian Habitat Restoration
  • Post-fire Restoration Planning
  • Vegetation Management Plans
  • Habitat Mitigation
  • Wildland Fire Restoration
  • Hazardous Fuels Mitigation
  • Native Plant Material Procurement

Data Products

  • UAV / Drone Surveys and Mapping
  • UAV / Drone Photographic Monitoring
  • GIS Product Development
  • GIS Database Management