The Texas Coastal and Central Plains Ecological Services Field Office focuses on Federal project and infrastructure review; threatened and endangered species listing, recovery, consultation, and permits; Natural Resource Damage and Assessment; Partners for Fish and Wildlife; and Gulf Restoration and Coastal Programs. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Important Notice:

Staff are largely working remote due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  Please submit all project review requests and office correspondence to the Texas Coastal and Central Plains Ecological Services Field Office in electronic format (email) until further notice to  All correspondence will be routed internally to the respective field office and staff member.  

Our Organization

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...

Our Species

The Texas Coastal and Central Plains Ecological Services Field Office works to prevent the extinction of our nation’s most imperiled species by recovering existing populations. Our efforts are focused on many species, including the whooping crane, migratory bird species, piping plover, red knot, Texas trailing phlox, South Texas ambrosia, Texas golden gladecress, Northern Aplomado Falcon, monarch butterfly, Houston Toad, and the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, ocelot, freshwater mussels, and more.

Projects and Research

Our Library

A hawksbill sea turtle, showing its distinctive tortoiseshell pattern across head, flippers, and carapace, swims above coral through bright blue water.
This collection contains documents relating to care, maintenance, and interaction with sea turtles. Including telemetry protocols, necropsy forms, etc.
Photo of a fourteen Texas fatmucket mussels resting above a sand and algae streambed on a sunny day
Eight species freshwater mussels are currently listed as endangered in Texas and one species is listed as threatened. An additional 3 species have been proposed to receive endangered species status in the state and 1 more is proposed to receive threatened status. The following documents and links...
Photo of a captive held Houston Toad in its enclosure staring through the clear plastic walls at the camera
The documents below [Updated September 21, 2020] identify survey methods and reporting guidelines to be used for conducting presence/absence surveys for Houston toads (Bufo houstonensis) under a section 10(a)(1)(A) scientific research and recovery permit. Sound clips of Houston Toad are saved as...

Get Involved

Our field office takes advantage of programs that the Fish and Wildlife Service offers through our volunteer program, Directorate Fellowship Program, Pathways Program, and more. Get in touch with our field office to see how you can get involved!

Location and Contact Information