WEST skillfully navigates clients through the current eagle regulatory environment. Our team develops sound strategies that effectively address eagle issues while withstanding agency and public scrutiny. WEST’s staff has extensive experience managing eagle fieldwork and publications, from operating comprehensive ground and aerial surveys to supporting municipalities and companies with rules compliance and mitigation. Our expertise assures credible, objective, and responsible solutions for our clients.
We have a long history of strong working relationships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), providing us with the foundation needed to develop appropriate science-based study designs and analyses. Our statisticians and biometricians possess an in-depth understanding of the USFWS Bayesian approach to predict eagle take. A 2016 publication by WEST staff updated the prior distribution for collision rate from the USFWS baseline model using data from 40 wind‐energy facilities across North America that have modern turbine specifications. Using more recent data and a larger data set, we determined that the predictions using the alternative prior distributions for collision rate are approximately half the estimates using the original distribution. This publication can be reviewed here
Areas of Expertise:
- Avoidance, Minimization, and Mitigation Strategies
- Compliance Strategies: Eagle Conservation Plans and Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies
- Experimental Advanced Conservation Practices Research and Development
- Population Monitoring
- Resource Equivalency Analysis