WEST’s Clayton Derby, Luke Martinson, and Lori Nielsen are attending the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Power Lines Workshop, September 18-19 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
More information about APLIC and this workshop can be found here: http://www.aplic.org/
WEST’s Karl Kosciuch, Cyrus Moqtaderi, and Stephanie Dreiling are in attendance at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. Dr. Karl Kosciuch will be doing a poster presentation “Limited Impacts to Birds and Bats from Photovoltaic Solar Facilities”.
More information about this conference can be found at: http://www.
Kent Russell joins Western Ecosystems Technology, ULC
Western Ecosystems Technology, ULC (WEST) is pleased to welcome Kent Russell as a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager to our Calgary office. Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining WEST, Kent worked as a senior biologist and associate at Stantec.
Kent has more than 13 years of experience conducting various wildlife surveys in the grassland, parkland, boreal, mountain and arctic regions throughout western Canada for a variety of industry sectors: Power, Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas, Oilsands, Infrastructure and Development, Mining and Transportation. Since 2008, Kent has played a crucial role in the management, design, and implementation of field work, bat acoustic analyses and reporting for numerous wind and solar development projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Kent is particularly interested and experienced in conducting many types of ornithological (e.g., BBS, grouse lek, burrowing owl, marsh bird, aerial waterbird, aerial raptor, and bird movement using radar) and bat surveys (capture and acoustic) and has excellent knowledge of Provincial and Federal Acts and Regulations. Kent is also experienced with surveys for other wildlife groups such as large mammals (winter tracking and aerial ungulate), reptiles and amphibians. Kent is a member of the Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT) which supports Alberta government regulators in providing guidelines for conducting bat studies in Alberta and is a standing member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB).
WEST’s CEO Dave Young and senior statistician Trent McDonald will be in attendance at Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW) in Estoril, Portugal this week. Dr. Trent McDonald will participate in Estimating Wildlife Fatality at Wind Facilities using a Generalized Estimator, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey. He will explain theoretical underpinnings of the generalized estimator and discuss appropriate field protocol to gather data for input into the estimation software.
More information about CWW can be found here: http://cww2017.pt/
WEST staff participated in the Cathedral Home for Children’s Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The tournament raised over $22,000 in support of programs including community prevention, residential treatment, education, and transition and aftercare.
WEST bat biologist Larisa Bishop-Boros is a co-author on the publication “Westward expansion of the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis) in the United States, with notes on the first record from New Mexico”, which was recently released in the journal Western North American Naturalist. Collaborators include University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Arizona, and WEST.
You can view the publication here: http://scholarsarchive.
WEST’s Dave Young, Todd Mattson, and Danny Riser-Espinoza are in attendance of “Technical Review of Research Related to Avian-Solar Interactions” in Sacramento, California this week. This conference provides information about ongoing and planned research related to avian-solar interactions, an in-depth discussion about research goals, scope, methods, and results, and a discussion on opportunities regarding additional research needed to better understand avian-solar interactions.
For information about this conference please visit: http://blmsolar.anl.
WEST is hiring a full time, Payroll Specialist in our Cheyenne, WY office.The successful candidate will have experience in payroll, accounting and administrative tasks to provide accurate processing, recording and auditing of the company’s multi-state and Canadian payroll, process payroll and tax forms and resolve payroll issues.For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit:
WEST biologist Chad LeBeau is presenting “Effects of Wind Energy Development on Terrestrial Wildlife” at Ecological Society of America (ESA) Conference in Portland. His presentation will discuss the disturbance to wildlife in wind energy developments.
More information about this conference can be found at: http://www.esa.org/
WEST is pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.