What can Orbis do for you?


Cultural Resource Management

Identify – Want to know if archaeological sites are located in your project area? Want to find out more about that historic structure on your property? We’ll do the research and fieldwork that can give you in the information you need.

Manage – If your area does contain sensitive cultural resources we’ll help you feel confident moving forward.

Outreach and coordination – We can help you work with members of the public, landowners, officials, and regulatory agencies to keep your project on schedule.

Our Cultural Resource specialists can help you manage the risk of impacting important historic or archaeological places. We can help you comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, NEPA, and other cultural regulations.


Our services include:

  • Background Research and Desktop Review

  • Phase I Archaeological Survey

  • Historic Architecture Survey

  • Phase II Archaeological Assessment

  • Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery and Mitigation

  • Agency Coordination

  • Section 106 800.11 Documentation

  • Public Outreach and Education

  • Preservation Planning


Ecological Surveys, Assessment and Planning

We can provide you with the meaningful and accurate information you need to manage aquatic and terrestrial biological resources to comply with environmental regulations. Our experts also offer customized workshops allowing you to provide the stewardship that is essential to manage sensitive resources. Our services include:

  • Aquatic Plant Surveys and Sampling

  • Biological Assessment

  • Botanical Inventories and Floristic Quality Assessment

  • Ecological Restoration Planning

  • Endangered Species Surveys

  • Habitat Assessment

  • Invasive Species Surveys

  • Plant Community Mapping and Quality Assessment

  • Tree Surveys

  • Wetland Determination and Delineation

  • Natural Area Management Plans


Wildlife Survey Planning and Management

Our wildlife biologists can help you identify and manage for wildlife, including rare, threatened, and endangered species. We perform habitat assessments, natural resource damage assessments and develop wildlife management plans to comply with federal, state, and local regulations.

We can conduct surveys for a variety of species: amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and terrestrial insects across a range of habitats.


  • Desktop Review – Provides basic ecological information on species.

  • Habitat Assessments – Provides detailed habitat information based on site conditions.

  • Presence/Absence Surveys – Requires on site surveys that attempt to determine if a species is present within a project area.

Our Senior wildlife biologist is federally permitted to conduct Indiana bat, grey bat, Virginia big-eared bat, and northern long-eared bat surveys.

In addition to identifying endangered species, we perform proactive services to help you reduce risk including Wildlife Hazard Assessments, Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, and Wildlife Control Plans. 

  • Wildlife Control Plan

    • A wildlife control plan will reduce nuisance wildlife by using adaptive management to insure a safe working environment for personnel, equipment, and clients.

  • Wildlife Hazard Assessments

    • Our certified airport biologist will provide the expertise needed to complete a Wildlife Hazard Assessment for airports.

  • Wildlife Hazard Management Plans

    • Our certified airport biologist can write or assist with a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan required by the FAA for airports that have wildlife issues.


Training and Workshops

Our experts can provide the training you need to manage sensitive natural and cultural resources.

We offer training in plant identification and inventory, wetland delineation, approaches to restoration and mitigation, wildlife management, and archaeology. Whether your staff needs specific technical training or you need to understand how environmental regulations might affect you, our recognized experts can help.

Need specific ecological or cultural resource training for your staff? We can design customized workshops ranging from an afternoon refresher to week long seminars.

  • Customized Plant Workshops

    • Our botanist leads specialized workshops on difficult plant families and genera to provide you or your staff with the information they need to better understand how to identify the taxa within the subject group.

  • Plant Identification Training

    • Our botanist conducts plant identification training courses for regulators, consultants, land trusts, naturalists, park staff, and others to provide valuable insight on species identification. Training sessions can focus on a specific group of plants or can be more broad and cover a wider range of the flora.


Regulatory Compliance

  • Clean Water Act

  • Endangered Species Act

  • National Environmental Policy Act