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Sensitive Species

By avoiding or minimizing the impact of Laboratory activities on sensitive species, Los Alamos can potentially reduce the possibility of these species being upgraded to federal protection.
February 2, 2015
sensitive species

The Evening Grosbeak is one of our sensitive species. The is a male (bright yellow) and a female caught and banded at LANL.


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Sensitive species are plants and animals that are protected at the state or local level.

Protecting Sensitive Species

As stewards of the environment, LANL strives to minimize the impact of operations on sensitive species. LANL biologists define sensitive species as plants and animals not protected by the federal Endangered Species Act or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but species protected at state or local levels. LANL biologists have implemented guidelines to minimize the impact of LANL operations on sensitive species and protect local biological resources. Protecting sensitive species can help prevent them from becoming federally listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The Sensitive Species Best Management Practices Source Document for Los Alamos National Laboratory (pdf) describes actions we take to protect these species at LANL. This document provides guidance that help LANL employees conduct their work in a way that avoids impacts to these species.