On March 21, 2017 the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species occurs mostly in the Midwest and eastern United States as well as parts of Canada.
Additional information on the listing can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/
WEST staff is in attendance at the AWEA Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Austin, Texas, March 20-22. WEST’s Dave Young, Karl Kosciuch, and Karen Tyrell will be presenting on March 21st. WEST will also have an exhibit booth, if you are attending please stop by and say hello.
Dave Young – “Assessing the Lay of the Land – Status Review of Wildlife Permitting and Potential Paths Forward”
Karl Kosciuch – “Golden Eagles: Technical Innovation and Regulatory Application”
Karen Tyrell – “Compensatory Mitigation in a Shifting Landscape”
For a full schedule of events and presentations visit: http://www.awea.org/
WEST staff members have experience with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, commonly referred to as drones. As industry leaders in impact assessment and resource monitoring, WEST experts work to identify, evaluate, and implement technological solutions to design and execute state-of-the-art scientific monitoring and survey methods. Contact us for additional information on studies using UAV technology.
WEST biometrician Kim Bay is presenting this week at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Tech Advantage Conference and Expo February 27-28 in San Diego, California. Kim will be presenting as a part of a session focusing on avian issues on February 28.
You can view the entire schedule of events and presentations at: https://www.cooperative.com/conferences-education/conferences/annual-meeting/Pages/Schedule.aspx .
We are pleased to welcome Ryan Anderson to the WEST team!
Ryan joined WEST as a GIS Specialist in February of 2017 and will be based in the Cheyenne office. Ryan’s background is primarily in spatial analysis, natural resource management, and ecology. His previous 3 years were spent working as a Research Associate in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, working on projects related to forestry, biofuels, invasive species mapping, and quantification of lynx habitat using terrestrial LiDAR. Further, he has worked for the NASA DEVELOP Program in both California and Colorado, serving as team leader on projects using GIS to map whitebark pine distribution, assess oak habitat quality for avian species, model the 2013 Colorado flood, and map wetlands in Ethiopia. Ryan received his Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Wyoming in 2014, where he also received his B.Sc
WEST Careers: Experienced Biological Field Technician, Oahu, Hawaii
Field Technician(s) to help with an acoustic survey to assess Hawaiian hoary bat distribution on the island of Oahu.
For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.west-inc.com/about-west-careers/
WEST’s David Young Jr. is a presenter on the Habitat Conservation Panel at the Independent Petroleum Association of America Strategic Planning Conference on Land Access and Environmental Issues, February 14 in Houston, Texas.
Find more information on this conference here: http://www.ipaa.org/meetings-events/event-details/?mid=426
A special edition of Endangered Species Research focusing on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects to marine mammals and sea turtles was recently released. WEST biometricians Trent McDonald and Fawn Hornsby are co-authors on 4 of the publications: “Estimating sea turtle exposures to Deepwater Horizon oil”, “Density and exposure of surface-pelagic juvenile sea turtles to Deepwater Horizon oil”, “Using salinity to identify common bottlenose dolphin habitat in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA”, and “Survival, density, and abundance of common bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay (USA) following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill”. Additional WEST researchers were involved with the multi-year project to determine the effect of the spill on various species including bottlenose dolphins and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.
You can access the special edition of Endangered Species Research at: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esr/v33/
WEST’s Chad LeBeau, Greg Johnson, Ryan Nielson, and Trent McDonald are co-authors on “Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to a wind energy development” recently published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin. The study’s objective was to determine the response of male-sage grouse attending leks to wind energy development using a before/after-control/treatment study design.
You can view the publication here: http://onlinelibrary.
WEST research biologist Cyrus Moqtaderi is attending the Wildlife Society, Western Section Annual Meeting February 6-10 in Reno, Nevada. This meeting brings together wildlife professionals from around the region to foster professional development and share in engage in meaningful conversations on important issues impacting wildlife in the western US.
You can view the full schedule of events at: http://tws-west.org/reno2017/