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  • 2018 Range-Wide Indiana Bat Survey Guidelines

    On April 13, 2018, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially released the revisions to the 2018 Range-Wide Indiana Bat Survey Guidelines. These guidelines define the survey methodologies and reporting requirements for determining whether Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats are present or likely absent (P/A) at a given site during the summer maternity period (May 15 – August 15).

    You can find out more information on these guideline revisions here:

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  • Welcome Wally Erickson

    WEST is happy to welcome back Wally Erickson! Wallace P. Erickson has been a statistician with WEST since 1991 and will be returning after a year away. Upon his return to WEST as a Senior Scientist/Biometrician, Wally will work closely with WEST clients and staff, building on his long experience as a consulting statistician/scientist and offering technical expertise on a wide range of energy, wildlife and statistical areas.

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  • WEST attending North American Joint Bat Working Group

    WEST Wildlife Biologist Tim Sichmeller will be in attendance at the North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting and 28th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S., March 27 – 29th, in Roanoke, Virginia. This joint meeting will bring together conservation biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, citizen scientists, and outdoor enthusiasts across the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast Regions.

    WEST will have an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

    Additional information about this joint meeting can be found here:

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  • WEST attending NMFWA Workshop

    WEST staff will be in attendance at the National Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) workshop and conference March 25 – 30th, in Norfolk, Virginia in conjunction with the 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. The conference brings a unique and valuable training opportunity for Department of Defense (DoD) natural resources professionals.

    WEST will have an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

    More information about this conference can be found here:

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  • WEST attending AWEA Siting 2018

    WEST staff will be in attendance at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, March 20 – 21st. The conference brings leaders from the wind industry, environmental permitting and compliance sector, the scientific community and regulatory officials come together for a robust discussion about the current state of siting and environmental compliance, and network. The WEST team will be presenting on a variety of panels and poster sessions.

    WEST also has an exhibit booth at the event. If you plan to attend, please stop by and say hello!

    The complete agenda for this meeting can be found here:

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  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken Aerial Surveys to Document Population Trends

    Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

    The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken with voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat.

    WEST will be conducting surveys in all five states: Kansas, Eastern Colorado, Oklahoma, Western Texas, and Eastern New Mexico.

    More information about these aerial surveys can be found here:

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  • WEST Publications: Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for Sage-Grouse

    WEST Founder Dale Strickland and Research Biologists Chad LeBeau and Greg Johnson, are co-authors are the recent publication “Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for A Great Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Bank”, which was recently published in Rangeland Ecology & Management, Volume 71, Issue 2. The publication discusses a conservation banking strategy for the Greater Sage-grouse.

    You can view the publication here:

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  • Welcome Todd Mabee

    We are pleased to welcome Todd Mabee to the WEST team! Todd has joined our team as a Senior Ecologist based in Portland, Oregon. Todd brings 30 years of experience as a terrestrial ecologist. His experience spans a variety of industry sectors including renewable energy, oil and gas, and timber throughout North America and internationally. Todd’s expertise encompasses a diverse suite of taxa and includes: avian species research and marine radar surveys in the arctic, Hawaii, the western U.S., and Mexico; caribou and sea otter surveys in Alaska; small mammal tracking and trapping in the U.S. and Australia; amphibian surveys in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest; and venomous snake studies in Guam.

    You can view Todd’s entire professional profile here:

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  • WEST attending Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society

    WEST staff is in attendance at the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting hosted in Portland, Oregon this week. This meeting brings together regional wildlife professionals to address global challenges for wildlife and habitat conservation.

    WEST also has a booth onsite, if you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

    More information about this meeting can be found here:

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  • WEST is Hiring: Research Biologist - Habitat Conservation Plan Specialist

    WEST is seeking a Research Biologist – Habitat Conservation Plan Specialist. The successful candidate will have experience in wildlife study design, environmental consulting and wildlife biology and will be responsible for preparing HCPs and BAs.

    For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit:

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