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WEST samples Aleutian tern with UAV


WEST is participating in a joint study with Alaska Fish and Game and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to estimate Aleutian tern colony sizes using images taken from WEST’s research drone.

 

Drone footage of a rare Aleutian tern sitting on a nest: https://vimeo.com/274212696/354ce7ce0f

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WEST Publication: Impacts of temporal revisit designs on the power to detect trend


WEST ​Consulting Biometrician Dr. Leigh Ann Starcevich is a co-author of “Impacts of temporal revisit designs on the power to detect trend with a linear mixed model: An application to long-term monitoring of Sierra Nevada lakes” a recent publication in Ecological Indicators. The publication discusses a linear mixed model to estimate trend in an ecological indicator sampled across large landscapes.

You can view the publication here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X18304382

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WEST Publication: Automated Monitoring for Birds in Flight


WEST Research Biologist Luke Martinson is a co-author “Automated monitoring for birds in flight: Proof of concept with eagles at a wind energy facility”, a recent publication in Biological Conservation. The publication discusses the results of using the camera-based monitoring system IdentiFlight to detect, classify, and track birds at wind energy facility.

You can view the full publication here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320717319407

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Welcome Wally Erickson!


WEST is happy to welcome back Wally Erickson! Wallace P. Erickson has been a statistician with WEST since 1991 and will be returning after a year away. Upon his return to WEST as a Senior Scientist/Biometrician, Wally will work closely with WEST clients and staff, building on his long experience as a consulting statistician/scientist and offering technical expertise on a wide range of energy, wildlife and statistical areas.

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WEST attending North American Joint Bat Working Group


WEST Wildlife Biologist Tim Sichmeller will be in attendance at the North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting and 28th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S., March 27 – 29th, in Roanoke, Virginia. This joint meeting will bring together conservation biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, citizen scientists, and outdoor enthusiasts across the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast Regions.
WEST will have an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

Additional information about this joint meeting can be found here: https://sbdn.org/events/north-american-joint-bat-working-group-meeting-28th-annual-colloquium-conservation-mammals-southeastern-u-s/

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WEST attending NMFWA Workshop


WEST staff will be in attendance at the National Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) workshop and conference March 25 – 30th, in Norfolk, Virginia in conjunction with the 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. The conference brings a unique and valuable training opportunity for Department of Defense (DoD) natural resources professionals.
WEST will have an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!

More information about this conference can be found here: http://www.nmfwa.net/index.php/conference

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WEST attending AWEA Siting 2018


WEST staff will be in attendance at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, March 20 – 21st. The conference brings leaders from the wind industry, environmental permitting and compliance sector, the scientific community and regulatory officials come together for a robust discussion about the current state of siting and environmental compliance, and network. The WEST team will be presenting on a variety of panels and poster sessions.
WEST also has an exhibit booth at the event. If you plan to attend, please stop by and say hello!

The complete agenda for this meeting can be found here: https://www.awea.org/events/event.aspx?eventid=59029

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Lesser Prairie-Chicken Aerial Surveys to Document Population Trends


Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.
 
The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken with voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry. The plan follows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat.
 
WEST will be conducting surveys in all five states: Kansas, Eastern Colorado, Oklahoma, Western Texas, and Eastern New Mexico. 
 
More information about these aerial surveys can be found here: https://www.wafwa.org/news/?usessl=1 

More information about these aerial surveys can be found here: https://www.wafwa.org/news/?usessl=1

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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#

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