Wildlife Sciences

Wildlife Sciences

ABR built its reputation as a premier research and consulting firm based on excellence in wildlife science. Our staff includes ornithologists, mammalogists, and herpetologists, and we have conducted studies throughout the Lower 48, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as internationally. We provide our clients with state-of-the-art study designs and analyses employing traditional ground, at-sea, and aerial surveys, as well as remote sensing techniques. We take pride in our abilities to deploy experienced field crews, to operate safely in remote field situations, and to work collaboratively with resource agencies and local stakeholders. Our wildlife team is supported by in-house experts in statistics, GIS, database services, and landscape ecology.

Our services

Distribution & Habitat Use

  • Summer habitat selection by the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd
  • Quantifying the bias in survival and parturition rates from long telemetry collar deployments
  • Assessing the change in calculated animal movement rates due to frequency differences among telemetry locations
  • Herd movements and seasonal range use for the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd
  • Using telemetry locations and subsistence hunting maps to assess the harvest of Caribou by herd
  • Using GIS to create animations of animal telemetry locations

Disturbance & Impact Studies

  • Design and analysis of complex field studies
  • Field sampling of a variety of aspects of birds and mammals
  • Impacts to and recovery of seabirds, raptors, shorebirds, and marine mammals from oil spills
  • Impacts of industrial development and noise on birds and caribou
  • Impacts of powerlines, wind turbines, and communication towers on bats and birds
  • Effects of an anti-collision lighting system on migrating eiders
  • Advice on mitigating impacts
  • Expert witness and percipient witness testimony
  • NEPA documentation and permitting support

ESA Consultation

  • Polar bear and polar bear critical habitat
  • Steller’s eider
  • Spectacled eider
  • Hawaiian Petrel
  • Newell’s Shearwater
  • Marbled Murrelet
  • Southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment of northern sea otter
  • Western Distinct Population Segment of Steller’s sea lion
  • Yellow-billed loon
  • Pacific walrus

Protected Species Surveys

  • Aerial, boat, and ground surveys for protected species
  • Radar surveys for protected species
  • Federally listed threatened, endangered, and candidate species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Raptors protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
  • Birds and their nests protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • Marine mammal species protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)
  • Providing Protected Species Observers to meet MMPA and ESA requirements
  • Providing data and study results for species listing and de-listing decisions
  • Expert testimony

Survey & Inventory

  • Design and analysis of complex field studies
  • Cutting-edge sampling methods for wildlife monitoring
  • Line-transect sampling and analytical methodologies
  • Avian point-count surveys for baseline conditions, population monitoring, and restoration efforts
  • Long-term population-monitoring surveys
  • Bald and Golden eagle surveys for wind-energy projects
  • Raptor nesting and productivity surveys
  • Aerial surveys for caribou, moose, bears, fox dens, seals, sea otters, seabirds, passerines, shorebirds, and waterfowl
  • Site-characterization surveys for wildlife and sensitive habitats at wind and solar projects
  • Nocturnal radar and visual surveys for birds
  • Bat acoustic-monitoring surveys

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