Andrea Chatfield received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan in 1996 and her Master of Science (M.S.) in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Andrea joined WEST in 2006 and was the Project Manager for a number of pre- and post-construction wildlife monitoring projects at renewable energy facilities primarily in California and other western states and is based in the Corvallis, Oregon office.
As a project manager, Andrea has supervised wildlife and natural resource studies throughout all phases of project development from early site assessment to post-construction monitoring and mitigation. Andrea has experience with all aspects of project management including budget preparation, hiring and training field survey crews, coordinating with clients and resource agencies, designing wildlife studies to meet the needs of clients and agencies, study implementation, and impact assessment and report preparation. Studies have included initial site evaluation, pre-construction avian use surveys, threatened, endangered, and sensitive species surveys, ground and aerial raptor nest surveys, breeding bird surveys, acoustic bat surveys, land cover/habitat mapping, and post-construction avian and bat fatality monitoring. Andrea has extensive experience navigating the USFWS Wind Energy Guidelines (WEG) and Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECPG) has prepared a number of Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies and Eagle Conservation Plans for wind energy clients.