Eric Hallingstad joined WEST in 2009 as a research biologist. Eric has over 15 years of experience performing natural resource studies. He received a Master of Science in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. With WEST, Eric has conducted avian use, bat acoustic, raptor migration, raptor nest, sage-grouse lek and winter use, breeding bird, radar, post-development mortality, and big game helicopter surveys for proposed and existing wind power, solar power, pipeline, transmission line, and other developments. His current work with WEST includes the preparation of Eagle Conservation Plans, Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies, and helping clients reach compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines and Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.
Prior to joining WEST, Eric spent seven years conducting field research throughout North and Central America. He has worked for the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and HawkWatch International, among others. Eric’s main work interests involve studying and mitigating the potential conflicts resulting from human activities and wildlife needs.