Rhett Good is a senior manager and branch manager of WEST’s Bloomington, Indiana office. Rhett has 17 years of experience conducting wildlife research and assisting clients with ecological issues across the U.S. His areas of expertise include threatened and endangered species, raptors, migratory birds, bats and wetlands. Rhett served as project manager and field supervisor for a range-wide survey of golden eagles across the western U.S. for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which resulted in a publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management. Information from the survey is being used by the USFWS to better manage golden eagle populations across the western U.S. He has also designed surveys for wildlife and assisted clients with wildlife and environmental regulations associated with a variety of development projects, including proposed oil and gas facilities, airports, highway projects, cellular towers, solar, and wind energy facilities.
Rhett has also served as project manager for research in to the effects of raising cut-in speeds on Indiana bat fatalities, the results of which are currently being used to reduce bat fatalities at several wind energy facilities. Rhett is currently a part of a multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan for eight bird and bat species associated with wind energy development in the Midwest. He has conducted wildlife research and assisted clients with bird, bat, and eagle issues at over 50 studies of wind energy facilities across the nation. Rhett has worked closely with USFWS and state wildlife agency personnel and has successfully developed and implemented wildlife monitoring protocols that have been approved by USFWS and state wildlife agencies across the U.S. Rhett is also assisting several wind energy companies with bald eagle monitoring and Bald Eagle Protection Act regulatory compliance.