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  • WEST presenting at TWS - The Wyoming Chapter

    WEST’s Dr. Jason Carlisle, Hall Sawyer, and John Lombardi will be in attendance at the Annual Wildlife Society Wyoming Chapter, December 5th through 7th, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The conference brings together biologists, consultants, researchers, and others who manage, conserve, and study wildlife population habitats to share and collaborate ideas of wildlife management. Dr. Jason Carlisle will be teaching the workshop “Sage Thrashers raise the roof: does an augmented nest structure conceal the nest from predators, or improve its microclimate?” and John Lombardi will be presenting “Landscape-scale model of mule deer habitat use during summer in south-central OR”.

    More information about this conference can be located at the link below:

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  • WEST presenting at CLE International: MBTA & BGEPA Conference

    WEST biologists Dr. Karl Kosciuch and Kenton Taylor will present at CLE International: Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) Conference in Denver, Colorado. The two-day conference explores the complexities of federal wildlife laws and rules to protect migratory birds and eagles under the MBTA and BGEPA. Karl will be presenting “Eagle Incidental Take Permits” on November 30th and Kenton Taylor to present “Eagle Nest and Disturbance Permits” on December 1st.

    More information about this conference can be found here: http://www.cvent.com/events/mbta-bgepa-conference/event-summary-0fe3a3705be840319a6d818138fd59a0.aspx?RefID=from%20www.cle.com

  • WEST is Hiring: Senior Project Manager/Biologist

    WEST is seeking a Senior Project Manager/Biologist in Houston, Texas. The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in environmental consulting and wildlife biology and will be responsible for managing wildlife studies within the TX-OK region, including designing and leading pre-construction surveys and post-construction fatality monitoring for wind energy projects.

    For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit: http://westinc.catsone.com/careers/

  • Thanks for Participating in WEST's Bat Week Trivia!

    Answer to Day 6:
    Q: Which North American bat is immune to scorpion stings?
    A: The Pallid bat, and this is because the scorpion is one of the Pallid bat’s sources of food.

  • Thanks for Participating in WEST's Bat Week Trivia!

    Answer to Day 6:
    Q: Which North American bat is immune to scorpion stings?
    A: The Pallid bat, and this is because the scorpion is one of the Pallid bat’s sources of food.

  • USFWS Lists of Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

    On March 21, 2017 the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  This is the first bee species to be listed by the USFWS, a species that occurs mostly in the Midwest and eastern United States as well as parts of Canada.

    Additional information on the listing can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/insects/rpbb/

  • WEST Publications: Sage Grouse and Wind Energy

    “Greater sage-grouse habitat selection, survival, and wind energy infrastructure.”  was recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.  The publication, co-authored by WEST’s Chad LeBeau, Greg Johnson, Ryan Nielson, Mandy Kauffman and Trent McDonald, monitored 346 female greater sage-grouse via telemetry from 2009 to 2014 in southeastern Wyoming, within a control area and an area influenced by a wind energy development to estimate the potential effects of wind energy infrastructure on greater sage-grouse habitat selection and demography.

    You can access the publication here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jwmg.21231/full .

  • WEST Reports: 2016 Summer Western Wide Golden Eagle Study Available

    Results of the ongoing Summer Western-wide Golden Eagle Survey from 2016 are now available.  WEST has performed this survey for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the past 12 years, the survey includes observer crews flying small, fixed-wing aircraft across four Bird Conservation Regions in twelve states, with over 17,000 km of transects.  This report offers an estimate of the total number of golden eagles living in the western US.

  • USFWS Lists Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

    On March 21, 2017 the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  The species occurs mostly in the Midwest and eastern United States as well as parts of Canada.

     

  • USFWS Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Black-Capped Vireo De-listing

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced a proposed rule to remove the black-capped vireo from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The black-capped vireo is a songbird that breeds and nests in Oklahoma and Texas and northernmost Mexico.

    The USFWS is seeking public comments regarding the proposed de-listing. Comments must be received on or by February 13, 2017.

    WEST ecologists have extensive experience with the black-capped vireo and are available to discuss any questions regarding the potential effects of the proposed delisting for active and planned projects.