WEST Celebrates National Pollinator Week!
June 17 – 23 is National Pollinator Week
Did you know?
– We often think of bees when we hear “pollinator”, but butterflies, beetles, moths…. even some birds and mammals also play vital roles in pollination
– 60-80% of wild plant species require insect or other animal pollinators to reproduce
– Over $575 billion annual global food production depends on pollinators
– Many pollinator species are in need of conservation to support these vital functions. Learn how to help at www.pollinator.org or by contacting the National Resources Conservation Service, your state Department of Natural Resources, or many other pollinator-friendly organizations found online!
WEST Publication reaches Top 20 downloaded in 2018
WEST Research Biologists Chad LeBeau, Greg Johnson, and Senior Biometrician Trent McDonald’s publication “Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to wind energy development” published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, reaches Top 20 downloaded articles in 2017-2018!
Congratulations to all contributing authors!
You can download the full article here: https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wsb.725?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=W26CS_topauthorq1fy19&utm_content=singletemplate%3Felq_mid%3D34404&elq_cid=3633140&elqCampaignId=23094&elqTrack=true
WEST is Hiring!
WEST is still seeking to fill our Dog Detection Handler position.
Please visit our website to apply: https://www.west-inc.com/careers/
WEST is Hiring!
Hawaiian Hoary Bat Project
WEST is conducting a multi-year study to assess the distribution and occupancy of Hawaiian hoary bats on the island of Oahu, and is nearing completion of the second of four years of planned data collection. The key objectives of the study are to 1) provide information on bat occupancy, distribution, and detection probabilities specific to the island of Oahu, 2) examine seasonal changes in distribution by estimating seasonal changes in occupancy, and 3) collect data that can be used to assess Hawaiian hoary bat habitat/use relationships on an island-wide scale. This study is being conducted with oversight from Hawaii’s Endangered Species Research Committee, and is a cooperative effort engaging multiple agencies and private entities.
Information gained from this study will inform future conservation efforts targeting Hawaii’s only endemic land mammal by identifying areas of the island that have higher year-round use by, or that may be seasonally important to, Hawaiian hoary bats. Results of the study will also provide insights into potential study designs for monitoring long-term trends in occupancy as an index of population status.
WEST in attendance at the National Association of Environmental Professionals
WEST staff members David Taylor and Casi Lathan are in attendance at the National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This conference brings together environmental professionals from across the US to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, and network with other industry professionals.
WEST Bat Season
As summer approaches, bats emerge from their hibernacula or from southern regions and return to their summer ranges across North America. Reproductive-age females will soon form maternity colonies where they will birth and raise their pups. Depending on the bat species and their locations, these colonies will be in trees within forest habitats, rock outcrops in open landscapes, or even in old and abandoned buildings.
With the return of bats to the North American landscape, Western Ecosystems Technology Inc. (WEST) deploys our team of experts to conduct bat surveys for mitigation and research. Our biologists bring a wide array of bat expertise to the field; WEST’s federally-permitted bat experts use the latest technology to conduct presence/absence surveys for threatened and endangered species such as Indiana and northern long-eared bats. WEST has some of the leading experts in acoustic identification in North America.
WEST’s biologists conduct bat studies in various regions across North America. Our current assignments include pallid bat work in the southwestern United States, small-footed bat surveys in the northeastern United States, migratory bat foraging studies in the Midwest, North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) surveys in the Rocky Mountains, bridge and culvert surveys in the Southeast, and spring and fall bat studies in parts of Canada.
Contact WEST to discuss your bat survey needs.
WEST in attendance at AWEA WINDPOWER
WEST’s Houston Team and Senior Ecologists Karen Tyrell and Todd Mabee are in attendance at the AWEA WINDPOWER Annual Conference and Exhibit in Houston, Texas this week. Stop by and see us at booth #4430!
WEST is Hiring!
23rd Annual Great Texas Birding Classic
WEST’s Houston office participated in the 23rd Annual Great Texas Birding Classic at Goose Island State Park. The competition is hosted by Texas Park and Wildlife to raise money for Texas bird conservation projects. Winning teams will choose conservation project to support. The WEST Hoots recorded 85 different bird species including 11 species of warblers! Winners will be announced at the ceremony to be held on June 1st!