WEST News & Events
WEST’s Nick Bartok, Kent Russell, Todd Mattson, and Kristen Nasman will be in attendance at The 33rd Annual CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Montreal, Quebec City on October 3rd through 5th. CanWEA is Canada’s Largest Wind Energy Conference bringing together all members of the wind energy industry to address key issues facing the industry today. This year’s conference will host close to 1,500 attendees. WEST also has an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance stop by and say hello!
More information about CanWEA can be found here: http://windenergyevent.ca/the-show/about/
WEST’s CEO Dave Young and research biologist Chad LeBeau will be presenting at Wyoming’s Wind Energy Future Opportunities, Challenges, and Tradeoffs on October 2nd through 3rd at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This conference brings discussion of wind energy development in Wyoming. Chad will be participating in the panel “Emerging Challenges and Mitigation for Wyoming’s Wildlife” and Dave will be a part of “Environmental Tradeoffs of Wind Energy Development – Local to Global”, both on October 3rd.
More information about Wyoming Wind Energy Future can be found here: http://www.uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/forums/wind/index.html
WEST staff will be in attendance at The Wildlife Society (TWS) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23rd through September 27th. WEST’s Trent McDonald, Lacey Jeroue, and Jason Carlisle will be teaching the workshop “Distance Sampling: Conventional and Hierarchical Methods for Abundance in R“. WEST is also hosting an exhibit booth at the event. If you are in attendance stop by and say hello!
More information about this conference can be found here: http://twsconference.org/
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has released WEST’s 2017 report on the population size of the lesser prairie-chicken. The report “Range-Wide Population Size of the Lesser-Prairie Chicken: 2012 to 2017” was prepared by WEST’s Lyman McDonald, Kristen Nasman, Troy Rintz, Fawn Hornsby, and Grant Gardner.
You can read the full report here: http://lpcinitiative.org/final-report-2017-aerial-survey/
WEST’s Clayton Derby, Luke Martinson, and Lori Nielsen are attending the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Power Lines Workshop, September 18-19 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
More information about APLIC and this workshop can be found here: http://www.aplic.org/
WESTs Karl Kosciuch, Cyrus Moqtaderi, and Stephanie Dreiling are in attendance at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. Dr. Karl Kosciuch will be doing a poster presentation “Limited Impacts to Birds and Bats from Photovoltaic Solar Facilities”.
More information about this conference can be found at: http://www.solarpowerinternational.com/
Kent Russell joins Western Ecosystems Technology, ULC
Western Ecosystems Technology, ULC (WEST) is pleased to welcome Kent Russell as a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager to our Calgary office. Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining WEST, Kent worked as a senior biologist and associate at Stantec.
Kent has more than 13 years of experience conducting various wildlife surveys in the grassland, parkland, boreal, mountain and arctic regions throughout western Canada for a variety of industry sectors: Power, Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas, Oilsands, Infrastructure and Development, Mining and Transportation. Since 2008, Kent has played a crucial role in the management, design, and implementation of field work, bat acoustic analyses and reporting for numerous wind and solar development projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Kent is particularly interested and experienced in conducting many types of ornithological (e.g., BBS, grouse lek, burrowing owl, marsh bird, aerial waterbird, aerial raptor, and bird movement using radar) and bat surveys (capture and acoustic) and has excellent knowledge of Provincial and Federal Acts and Regulations. Kent is also experienced with surveys for other wildlife groups such as large mammals (winter tracking and aerial ungulate), reptiles and amphibians. Kent is a member of the Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT) which supports Alberta government regulators in providing guidelines for conducting bat studies in Alberta and is a standing member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB).
WEST’s CEO Dave Young and senior statistician Trent McDonald will be in attendance at Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW) in Estoril, Portugal this week. Dr. Trent McDonald will participate in Estimating Wildlife Fatality at Wind Facilities using a Generalized Estimator, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey. He will explain theoretical underpinnings of the generalized estimator and discuss appropriate field protocol to gather data for input into the estimation software.
More information about CWW can be found here: http://cww2017.pt/
WEST staff participated in the Cathedral Home for Children’s Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The tournament raised over $22,000 in support of programs including community prevention, residential treatment, education, and transition and aftercare.
WEST bat biologist Larisa Bishop-Boros is a co-author on the publication “Westward expansion of the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis) in the United States, with notes on the first record from New Mexico”, which was recently released in the journal Western North American Naturalist. Collaborators include University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Arizona, and WEST.
You can view the publication here: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol77/iss2/9/