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Los Alamos National Laboratory

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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 bald eagle is one of our sensitive species.


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

Keeping sensitive species safe

We strive to minimize the impact of Laboratory operations on sensitive species, which are plants and animals not protected by the federal Endangered Species Act or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but are protected on state or local levels.

The Sensitive Species Best Management Practices Source Document for Los Alamos National Laboratory (pdf) contains details about the actions we take to protect these species at the Laboratory. 

From guidance on how to avoid disturbing bird habitats during the nesting season to information on where certain types of bats can be found, the document includes guidance to help Los Alamos managers conduct their work in a way that avoids impacts to these species.

Sensitive species recorded at Los Alamos National Laboratory

The following table lists the sensitive species whose habitat exists at Los Alamos.

Common Name Scientific Name Protected Status
American Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus anatum New Mexico Threatened
Federal Species of Concern
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus New Mexico Threatened
Heritage New Mexico: Critically Imperiled in New Mexico
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Federal Species of Concern
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Western Small-footed Myotis Bat Myotis ciliolabrum melanorhinus New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Long-legged Bat Myotis volans interior New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Spotted Bat Euderma maculatum New Mexico Threatened
Townsend’s Pale Big-eared Bat Corynorhinus townsendii pallescens New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Federal Species of Concern
Big Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops macrotis New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Ringtail Bassariscus astutus New Mexico Sensitive Taxa (informal)
Wood Lily Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum New Mexico Endangered

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