Taylor Higgins is a wildlife biologist in the Austin, Texas office. He received a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University. Taylor began working with WEST over 2 years ago in the Laramie, Wyoming office. His primary task was tracking and monitoring nesting Greater Sage-Grouse near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, assessing the effects of wind energy on sage grouse behavior and displacement. He has assisted with various aerial surveys for pronghorn, sage grouse, and eagles, including the western wide annual Golden Eagle survey. He has conducted both pre- and post-construction monitoring for wind facilities in Wyoming and Nebraska. In Austin, Taylor will be helping with report writing and field coordination for Texas and Oklahoma projects in his role as field supervisor for this region. Prior to working with WEST, Taylor was a predator biologist on San Clemente Island, California. While on the island, he managed a field crew in efforts to monitor the native Island Fox population and oversee the removal of non-native mammals from the island.