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  • WEST presents at NOAA Image Processing Workshop

    WEST’s Jaime Thompson and Wally Erickson presented “UAS and Machine Learning Applications with Dolphins, Birds and Bats” at the 2019 NOAA Image Processing Workshop – Improving the collection and processing of image and video data from manned aircraft, remote cameras, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

  • WEST Awarded DOE Cooperative Agreement

    WEST has been awarded a 3-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an automated, multi-sensor system for detecting, identifying, and quantifying bird and bat collisions at offshore wind farms. The detection system will be developed in collaboration with the Netherlands sustainable energy organization (ECN.TNO), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo).

    Awarded projects were announced by DOE on March 13, 2019 here:

  • WEST staff completes TWS Wildlife Biologist Certificate

    WEST’s research biologist Rhett Good is now a Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society. A Certified Wildlife Biologist has the educational background and has demonstrated expertise in the art and science of applying principles of ecology to the conservation and management of wildlife and it’s habitats. Congratulations, Rhett!

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  • WEST Publication - Greater Sage‐Grouse Habitat Function Relative to Transmission Lines

    WEST ecologists Chad LeBeau and Greg Johnson, and biometrician Mandy Kauffman are co-authors on the recently published research article “Greater Sage‐Grouse Habitat Function Relative to 230‐kV Transmission Lines” published in the Journal of Wildlife Management this month.

    You can view the publication on our website:

    The image below highlights their work: “The effects of transmission lines on sage-grouse habitat function varied based on habitat suitability”

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  • WEST attends Conference on Wind Energy & Wildlife Impacts

    WEST’s CEO Dave Young and Senior Biometrician Trent McDonald are in attendance at Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (CWW) in Stirling, Scotland this week. Trent will be presenting “Evidence of absence regression: a binomial N-mixture model for estimating bird and bat fatalities” and Dave will be presenting “Unmanned aerial systems and automated photo recognition method for eagle carcass detection at wind farms”.

    More information about this conference can be found here:

  • WEST Publication: Spatial Memory Shapes Migration of Large Herbivores

    WEST research biologist Hall Sawyer is a co-author on the recently published “Spatial memory shapes migration and its benefits: evidence from a large herbivore” published in Ecology Letters this month.

    You can access the full article here:

  • WEST Publication: Geographic Extents of Red Bats through Niche Models

    WEST research biologist Greg Johnson is a co-author on the recent publication “Red Bat Fatality: Geographic Extents through Deuterium and Niche Models”, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

    You can view the publication on our website:

  • WEST Chapter: Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation book

    WEST’s research biologist Victoria Zero is co-author in the chapter “Emerging Issues in Wind-Wildlife Impacts and Mitigation: Underrepresented Wildlife Taxa” in the soon to be published book, “Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation”. The book will be published in September and will be displayed at the upcoming American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society joint conference in Reno.

    Pre-order your copy today!

  • WEST Golfs in CHC 7th Annual Tournament

    WEST took to the green and teamed up for the 7th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for the Cathedral Home for Children (CHC) in Laramie, Wyoming last month. CHC is a non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth and their families.

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  • WEST Publication: Fences reduce habitat for migratory ungulates

    WEST’s research biologist Hall Sawyer and biometrician Andrew Telander are co-authors on the recently published article, “Fences reduce habitat for a partially migratory ungulate in the Northern Sagebrush Steppe”, published in Ecosphere.

    You can view the full article here: