VERO BEACH, FL. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Florida bonneted bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bat is only found in south and southwest Florida. The largest Florida bat, the Florida bonneted bat is non-migratory, eats insects, and is free-tailed, meaning its tail extends well beyond a short tail membrane. The name “bonneted bat” originates from its large, broad ears, which project forward over the eyes. The Florida bonneted bat uses forests, wetlands, and other natural habitats. It exists in residential and urban areas. At present, no active, natural roost sites are known. 

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.

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Company Background


​BearPaws Environmental Consulting, was established in 2012 by the husband and wife team, of Barrett & Christina Stejskal. Our goal is to provide our services in a timely, professional, and econoimically feasable fashion.


We provide environmental consulting services to both the public and private sectors. The services we provide include environmental assessments, wildlife surveys, wetland mapping, environmental permitting, habitat management plans, local, state, and federal permitting.


Their passion for helping others, and their love of the outdoors, has led them into this field and guided them in choosing this as a career path.

Who Are We?


BearPaws Environmental Consulting is a small business, which resides in Fort Myers, Florida. Barrett and Christina have over 30 years of combined experience in the environmental field.


Barrett, a Florida native, was born and raised in Southwest Florida. Christina, also a Florida native, was raised in the Tampa Bay area, but has lived in southwest Florida for over the past 18 years.


Being Florida natives, their experience, and familiarity with southwest Florida, has provided added expertise specific to this area. The advantages of this expertise range from specific knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area, to a familiarity with the needs and requirements of the regulatory agencies.


Contact Us




(239) 340-0678​




Barrett & Christina Stejskal
1599 Covington Circle East

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Services We Provide


  • Environmental Assessments - Due Diligence Reports

  • Protected/Listed Wildlife Surveys and Species Relocations

  • Wetland & Preserve Monitoring

  • Wetland Permitting and Mitigation

  • Wetland Delineations

  • Impact Assessments

  • Gopher Tortoise Surveys, Relocations, & Excavations

  • Audubon’s Crested Caracara Monitoring & Observations

  • Sandhill Crane Nest Surveys & Wading Bird Species Monitoring

  • Wildlife Habitat Management Planning and Permitting

  • Habitat Restoration & Mitigation Design

  • Environmental Land Use Permitting and Rezoning

  • Local, State, & Federal Environmental Permitting

  • Post Permit Compliance and Monitoring


BearPaws Environmental Consulting