New ESA Compliance Tool
A new Endangered Species Act compliance tool is now available to wind energy projects in US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Midwest Region. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., supported a collaborative effort between the American Wind Energy Association and the USFWS to develop a Template Short-Term Habitat Conservation Plan, posted here:
The Template HCP covers incidental take of Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) and northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis) from operation of wind turbines in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The plan identifies minimization, mitigation, and monitoring measures to meet the criteria for issuance of an incidental take permit. A summary of the Template HCP is available upon request: Quintana Hayden, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us to find out more about this plan, and whether it may be the right ESA compliance tool for your Midwest projects.
WEST Sponsors Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain Raptor Program's Benefit Auction
WEST is proud to have been a sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program’s 27th Annual Second Chance at Freedom Gala Dinner and Benefit Auction on February 29, 2020, in Fort Collins, Colorado. WEST works to help resolve bird and power line interactions, including potential raptor electrocution on power poles. The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program has been an integral participant in furthering raptor research to help answer questions about minimizing potential impacts to birds from power line operation and how to enhance system reliability for utilities and companies that own and operate power lines.
WEST Staff Celebrates 25 Years
WEST’s Chief Services Officer Clayton Derby is celebrating 25 years with WEST! We appreciate all of his hard work, dedication and help making WEST a success over the last 25 years. Congratulations, Clayton.
“Clayton Derby has excelled at every position he has held with the company for over 25 years, from field biologist to Project Manager, Chief Services Officer, board member and co-owner. Clayton’s hard work, dedication, and professionalism has contributed significantly to the success of WEST, Inc.” – Dr. Dale Strickland, Co-Founder and Principal Ecologist
WEST in attendance at Southeastern Bat Diversity Working Network
WEST wildlife biologists Kristina Hammond-Rendon and Kelly Lutsch are in attendance at the Southeastern Bat Diversity Working Network in Athens, GA this week. Stop by our booth to say hello!
WEST attends OR Chapter of TWS
WEST biologists Quentin Hays, Karl Kosciuch, Joel Thompson, Andrea Chatfield and Troy Rintz attended the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (https://ortws.org/2019-annual-meeting/ ) in Eugene, Oregon last week. Karl gave a presentation titled “Monitoring at Oregon Solar Facility Indicates Low Avian Mortality”, and Quentin became President-Elect of the Oregon Chapter, which boasts the second largest membership of any TWS Chapter on Thursday. He will serve as President in 2021 beside Katie Moriarty, Senior Scientist at NCASI, who became Vice President-Elect.
WEST is Hiring: Environmental Permitting Lead
WEST is seeking an Environmental Permitting Lead. Check out our careers page to learn more about this opportunity and apply to join our team today!
WEST in attendance at Joint AZ/NM TWS
WEST research biologist Jason Carlisle was in attendance at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society in Prescott, AZ. He was an instructor in the workshop “Distance Sampling for Abundance Estimation”.
WEST attending Alberta Society of Professional Biologists
WEST Wildlife Biologists Nick Bartok, Kirsten Pearson and Kent Russell are in attendance at the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists this week in Lake Louise, Alberta. Kirsten will be presenting “Exploring the use of Drones Pre- and Post-Construction Surveys”.
WEST Dog Detection Pupdate
Bat Week Trivia Day 2
Answer to Day 1:
B.) gives them shelter