Several WEST team members are presenting at the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting. On December 1, Wally Erickson will be moderating a session titled “Innovative Approaches to Fatality Monitoring”, Paul Rabie will be presenting “Developing an Operations Staff‐Based Monitoring Protocol for Eagle Fatalities at Wind Energy Facilities” and Danny Riser-Espinoza will be presenting “Area Correction Methods for Efficient Post‐Construction Fatality Monitoring Studies.” Joel Thompson will be presenting “Effectiveness of Cut-in Speed Adjustments on Reducing Impacts to Mexican Free-tailed Bats at a Wind Energy Facility in Nevada”. Chad LeBeau will be presenting “The Effects of Wind Energy Development on a Greater Sage-Grouse Population”. Libby Baumgartner will be presenting “Avian Mortality at Three Wind Energy Facilities on the Gulf Coast of Texas”.
WEST team members will be presenting posters: Jeff Gruver will present “Synthesis of Bat Curtailment Studies ”, Wally Erickson will present “Anthropogenic Bird Mortality ‐ New Standardized Metrics for Better Comparisons and for Developing REA’s for Compensatory Mitigation” and “Power Line Infrastructure Bird Electrocution and Collision Risk Assessments and Applying Compensatory Mitigation: Historic Issues Evolving into a New Paradigm for Wind Energy” ; and Rhett Good will present “Impact of Estimating a Site‐specific “K” for the Design of Post‐Construction Monitoring at the EDPR Timber Road II Wind‐Energy Facility, Ohio ”.
Additional information on the meeting can be found at: https://www.nationalwind.org/research/meetings/wind-wildlife-research-meeting-xi/
WEST team members are attending the 11th biennial National Wind Coordinating Collaborative’s Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, November 29-December 2 in Broomfield, Colorado. WEST is proud to be a sponsor of the event, as it provides a forum for researchers and wind stakeholders to share and review the most current wind energy related wildlife research.
WEST’s Wally Erickson, Danny Riser-Espinoza, Chad LeBeau, Libby Baumgartner, Kristen Nasman, Rhett Good, Jeff Gruver, Joel Thompson, Paul Rabie, Quintana Hayden, Caleb Gordon, and Jason Ritzert are attending the event. Wally Erickson is presenting “U.S. Raptor Mortality Estimates from Wind Energy for the U.S.” as part of a session on raptors and wind energy on November 30.
The full conference details and schedule can be found at: https://www.nationalwind.org/research/meetings/wind-wildlife-research-meeting-xi/
WEST research biologist Dr. Hall Sawyer was featured in a recent article in the Casper Star Tribune titled “Critical area for mule deer migration permanently protected”. The article interviewed Dr. Sawyer on the importance of the area for migrating mule deer on the 364 acre section of land near Pinedale, Wyoming.
Dr. Sawyer was also featured in a story by The Wildlife Society that highlights the critical area protections that developed from years of research into ungulate migrations. The article highlights the Lynch Wildlife Habitat Area which was created to help mule deer carry out their migrations via the important corridors discovered through Dr. Sawyer’s research.
You can access the full Casper Start Tribune article here: http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/critical-area-for-mule-deer-migration-permanently-protected/article_eeaf654b-4e37-5742-a5bd-eba3f1f9c956.html
You can access The Wildlife Society article here: http://wildlife.org/corridor-protected-for-migrating-mule-deer/
WEST is pleased to welcome John Guarnaccia as a Research Biologist in Maine. John was previously with Curry & Kerlinger where he specialized in analyzing and mitigating avian and bat risk at wind energy projects, and collaborated on studies at nearly 150 sites (including three offshore) in 29 states, plus Mexico and Puerto Rico. His work addressing wind/wildlife interactions includes endangered species research and drafting the Habitat Conservation Plan that resulted in the second Incidental Take Permit that the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued to a wind energy project.
WEST biometrician Dr. Leigh Ann Starcevich will be presenting “Trend Analysis for Complex Survey Designs” as a part of a National Park Service webinar series on November 16. This webinar will focus on trend estimation for continuous indicators from complex survey designs. The webinar will also feature a Q&A session with Dr. Starcevich.
You can sign up for the webinar and get additional details at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.c
WEST proudly presents the latest edition of our newsletter, News from the WEST. This newsletter features articles highlighting interesting projects managed by our team, relevant issues in environmental and statistical consulting, and other happenings at WEST.
You can access the recent version here: WEST Newsletter
WEST research biologist Chad LeBeau is presenting “Effects of Wind Energy Development of Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Selection and Population Demographics in Southeastern Wyoming”, November 9 at 12:00 (MT). This presentation is a part of a National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) webinar that highlights the results of research projects focusing on sage-grouse.
You can register for the webinar at: https://www.nationalwind.org/research/webinars/
WEST biologist Dr. Hall Sawyer is co-author on the recently published “The extra mile: Ungulate migration distance alters the use of seasonal range and exposure to anthropogenic risk” in Ecosphere. The publication examines how migration distance influences behavior of mule deer.
You can view the publication on our website: http://www.west-inc.com/wildlife-life-monitoring-and-research/
WEST senior biometrician Ryan Nielson is a co-author on the recently released publication “Estimating Denning Date of Wolves with Daily Movement and GPS Location Fix Failure”. This publication, released in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, was a collaborative project between three Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, a National Park, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Genetics Lab and WEST.
You can view the publication at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wsb.703/full.
WEST CEO/Senior Statistician Wally Erickson and Wildlife Biologist Quintana Hayden are attending the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) International: Eagles and Migratory Birds conference November 3-4 in Broomfield, Colorado. Wally is presenting as a part of a session titled “Modeling and Mitigation: Take Levels, Advanced Conservation Practices (Avoidance and Minimization), and Mitigation Under the Acts” on November 4.
Additional information on the conference can be found at: http://www.cle.com/product.php?proid=1613&src=Featured&page=MBTA_%26_BGEPA