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WEST Publications: Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for Sage-Grouse

WEST Founder Dale Strickland and Research Biologists Chad LeBeau and Greg Johnson, are co-authors are the recent publication “Landscape-Scale Approach to Quantifying Habitat Credits for A Great Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Bank”, which was recently published in Rangeland Ecology & Management, Volume 71, Issue 2. The publication discusses a conservation banking strategy for the Greater Sage-grouse.

You can view the publication here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550742417301136#


Welcome Todd Mabee

We are pleased to welcome Todd Mabee to the WEST team! Todd has joined our team as a Senior Ecologist based in Portland, Oregon. Todd brings 30 years of experience as a terrestrial ecologist. His experience spans a variety of industry sectors including renewable energy, oil and gas, and timber throughout North America and internationally. Todd’s expertise encompasses a diverse suite of taxa and includes: avian species research and marine radar surveys in the arctic, Hawaii, the western U.S., and Mexico; caribou and sea otter surveys in Alaska; small mammal tracking and trapping in the U.S. and Australia; amphibian surveys in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest; and venomous snake studies in Guam. 


You can view Todd’s entire professional profile here: http://www.west-inc.com/staff/todd-mabee/


WEST attending Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society

WEST staff is in attendance at the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting hosted in Portland, Oregon this week. This meeting brings together regional wildlife professionals to address global challenges for wildlife and habitat conservation.
WEST also has a booth onsite, if you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

More information about this meeting can be found here: https://ortws.wordpress.com/2018-joint-annual-meeting/


WEST is Hiring: Wildlife Field Technician

WEST is seeking a Wildlife Field Technician in the Alberta and Saskatchewan areas. Primary duties of this job include, conducting standardized avian use, amphibian, reptile, mammal, and bat acoustic surveys, construction monitoring and pre-disturbance nest surveys, bird and bat fatality monitoring at operating wind energy facilities, as well as data management.

For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit: https://west-inc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll


WEST presented at Quebec Associate for the Production of Renewable Energy

WEST Senior Ecologists Todd Mattson and Karen Tyrell presented at the Quebec Associate for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER) 2018 Symposium “Energy Transition: From Reflection to Action” in Quebec City, Quebec. Todd and Karen presented on opportunities and challenges facing the wind energy as it addresses bat conservation issues.

More information about this event can be found here: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/aqper/en/colloque2018/about


WEST hosts Renewable Energy and Wildlife Workshop

WEST, ULC hosted a Renewable Energy and Wildlife Workshop in Calgary, AB. The workshop included topics related to wind and solar energy such as: wildlife regulatory and compliance guidance, bat ecology, bird ecology, and post-construction monitoring. Guest speakers included staff from WEST, University of Regina, University of Alberta, Bat Conservation International, AltaLink, and American Wind Wildlife Institute. Thank you to our joint sponsors, TransAlta and Jacobs/CH2M Hill.


WEST attending The Wildlife Society – The Western Section

WEST staff will be in attendance at the 65th Annual Conference of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society (TWS) in Santa Rosa, California this week. The objective of this conference is to provide strategies that can be used to overcome science communication challenges, to more effectively communicate what we know, and inspire action.

More details about this conference can be found here: http://tws-west.org/santarosa2018/


WEST Publication: Effects of Local Shoreline and Subestuary Watershed on Waterbird Community

WEST Consulting Biometrician Shay Howlin is a co-author on the recently published “Effects of Local Shoreline and Subestuary Watershed Condition on Waterbird Community Integrity: Influences of Geospatial Scale and Season in the Chesapeake Bay”. Collaborators included U.S. Geological Survey – Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Department of Environmental Sciences – University of Virginia.


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