WEST Wildlife Biologist Nick Bartok is an instructor at the “Fall 2018 NABC Bird Banding Workshop and Certification” in Alta Vista, Belize this week. Attendees at the 5-day workshop will learn the basics of bird banding from certified NABC trainers.
In addition, WEST biologists Quentin Hays and Donald Solick were also instructors for the “Bat Survey Techniques Workshop” section of the training course last week. Hosted by Ecorana Environmental, an eco-travel and environmental education company, and partner facility Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society, the workshop brings together students, researchers, and eco-tourists to learn technical bat survey skills, among other subjects surrounding bats.
More information about these two workshops can be found here: http://www.treesociety.org/
WEST’s Nick Bartok, Wally Erickson, Dr. Paul Rabie, and Kent Russell are in attendance at CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition this week in Calgary, Alberta. Paul will be giving a presentation “GenEst – A Comprehensive Overview” and Wally will be a panelist on the “Adaptive Management” session.
Additional information about these sessions can be found here: https://windenergyevent.ca/sessions/pre-conference-workshop-wind-energy-and-bat-conservation-symposium-managing-impacts-to-bats-at-canadian-wind-farms/
WEST is excited to welcome Nikki Heck to our team in the Calgary office. Nikki is an accomplished environmental scientist and Professional Biologist with over 15 years of experience working primarily in Canada’s electric utility sector. She has a master’s degree from the faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary where for her thesis, she developed the first ever GIS-based avian collision risk model which was used to predict collision risk with transmission lines at a landscape scale. She then went on to champion and implement Canada’s first Avian Protection Plan (APP) which included several risk assessments and standard operating procedures to prevent electrocutions with energized facilities, collisions with overhead lines, and effectively protect nests from utility operations. In addition to working part-time with WEST, Nikki continues in hold of her position as an Environmental Advisor with AltaLink, Alberta’s primary transmission service provider.
Nikki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.