Wildlife Sciences

ABR built its reputation as a premier research and consulting firm based on excellence in wildlife science. We currently employ >25 wildlife biologists, many of whom have 20+ years of professional experience. Our staff includes ornithologists, mammalogists, and herpetologists, and we have conducted studies throughout the Lower 48, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as at a number of international locations. 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, such as radar ornithology, satellite telemetry, FLIR (forward looking infrared) sensors, bat/bird acoustic recorders, and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). We take pride in our abilities to deploy large, experienced field crews, to operate safely in remote field situations, and to work collaboratively with resource agencies and local stakeholders. Our wildlife team also is supported by our in-house capabilities in statistics, GIS, and database services (link) and landscape ecology (i.e., wildlife habitat mapping; link) to provide comprehensive studies of wildlife and their habitats. We specialize in baseline studies of abundance, distribution, and habitat use, impact assessments, threatened and endangered species studies and consultation, and permitting and NEPA services (link).

Our services

Survey & Inventory

  • Design and analysis of complex field studies
  • Cutting-edge sampling  methods for wildlife monitoring (e.g., thermal imaging and motion-sensitive cameras, satellite telemetry, UAVs, ornithological radar, night-vision equipment, bat detectors, helicopter and fixed-wing aerial surveys, boat-based surveys)
  • Line-transect sampling and analytical methodologies
  • Avian point-count surveys for baseline conditions, population monitoring, and restoration efforts
  • Long-term population-monitoring surveys (e.g., Peregrine Falcon, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl, Brant, Tundra Swans, Yellow-billed Loons, Snow Geese)
  • 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
  • Amphibian surveys

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 resulting from different frequencies between 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

ESA Consultation

  • Polar bear and polar bear critical habitat (currently not designated)
  • 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 (formerly a candidate species)
  • Pacific walrus (candidate species)

Protected Species Surveys

  • Aerial, boat, and ground surveys for protected species
  • Radar surveys for protected species (e.g., Hawaiian Petrel, Newell’s Shearwater, Marbled Murrelet, migrant birds)
  • Federally listed threatened or endangered species and candidate species protected under the Endangered Species Act
  • 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
  • Developing protected species monitoring plans and providing Protected Species Observers (PSO’s) to meet Marine Mammal Act and Endangered Species Act requirements
  • Serving on and advising species recovery teams
  • Providing data and study results for species listing and de-listing decisions
  • Expert testimony

Disturbance & Impact Studies

  • Design and analysis of complex field studies
  • Field sampling of distribution/abundance, behavior and activity patterns, and reproductive performance in birds and mammals
  • Impacts to and recovery of seabirds, raptors, shorebirds, and marine mammals from oil spills (link)
  • Impacts of industrial development and noise on the distribution/abundance, reproductive performance, and behavior and activity patterns of birds and caribou
  • Impacts of powerlines, wind turbines, and communication towers on bats and birds, including endangered nocturnal seabirds
  • 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

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"