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Donald Solick

Bat Biologist

Donald Solick is a wildlife biologist with 23 years’ experience conducting research on bats and other wildlife throughout North and Central America. He received his M.S. in Ecology from the University of Calgary, Alberta, and his B.S. in Wildlife Biology and B.A. in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, Washington. Donald joined WEST in 2007, and serves as Assistant Coordinator for our Bat Research program. His work includes acoustic monitoring surveys to determine bat activity at wind and solar energy facilities, mist-net surveys, radar surveys, thermal imaging and night-vision surveys, and telemetry studies. He is also involved with the International Program at WEST, conducting work in Mexico and Costa Rica, and teaches acoustic identification of tropical bats at an annual workshop in Belize.

Donald also has a broad background surveying other wildlife, including experience conducting point counts and nest-searching for birds, live-trapping small mammals, collecting and identifying insects and aquatic macroinvertebrates, call surveys for frogs and toads, monitoring for sea turtles, tree-climbing to assess canopy moss communities, electroshocking for fish, and assessing the health of streams.