Eric Hallingstad joined WEST in 2009 as a research biologist. He has over 15 years’ experience performing natural resource studies. Eric has a Master of Science degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. With WEST, Eric has conducted avian use, bat acoustic, raptor migration, raptor nest, sage grouse lek- and winter-use, breeding bird, radar, post-development mortality, and big game helicopter surveys for proposed and existing wind power, solar power, pipeline, transmission line, and other developments. His current work with WEST includes the preparation of Eagle Conservation Plans, Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies, and helping clients reach compliance with the USFWS Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines and Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.
Prior to joining WEST, Eric spent seven years conducting field research throughout North and Central America. Eric has worked for the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and HawkWatch International, among others. Eric’s main work interests involve studying and mitigating the potential conflicts resulting from human activities and wildlife needs.