Kent Russell is a Wildlife biologist and Project Manager for WEST, ULC based in the 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 wildlife biologist and associate at Stantec for more than 11 years.
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. 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. 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 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).