Bird, Butterfly, Odonate, and Reptile/Amphibian Surveys and Studies
WEC has completed dozens of projects involving inventories of various biodiversity resourcesóon sites ranging from small development parcels to large tracts of public landóworking for developers, state agencies, municipalities, conservation organizations, and citizens groups.
Our findings and recommendations have been used to minimize impacts from development projects and to support and guide preservation efforts.
WEC is experienced at using a wide array of survey methods, including point-count surveys for birds, call-playback for forest raptors, transect counts for birds and butterflies, aerial surveys for shorebirds, and drift fences with pitfall and box traps for reptiles and amphibians.
Our experience with identification of butterflies, birds, and other wildlife extends throughout the United States.
∑Preparation of "An Evidence-Based Checklist of the Butterflies of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area" (report and database). For National Park Service
∑Surveys for Arogos Skipper butterfly (candidate for federally Threatened) in northern New Jersey. For New Jersey Nongame and Endangered Species Program.
∑Coordination of, and participation in, butterfly surveys of 7 state wildlife management areas by North Jersey Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. For NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Project.
∑Editor of annual Butterfly Count Report for the North American Butterfly Association, covering approximately 500 official counts held in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
∑Herpetofauna and avifauna surveys of the Mashipicong Bogs Preserve (Sussex County, NJ). For The Nature Conservancy.
∑Survey for Northern Pine Snake, Corn Snake, and Pine Barrens Treefrog, and habitat assessment for other E&T species, Barnegat Township, Ocean County, NJ. For Fellows, Read, Kolling & Cooke
∑Avifauna inventory, impact study, and mitigation proposals for proposed development on lands of Stewart Airport, Newburgh, NY. For New York State Department of Transportation through the Louis Berger Group.
∑Avifauna survey for EIS for the proposed widening of a 13-mile section of U.S. Route 6, Cape Cod, MA. For Massachusetts Highway Department through the Louis Berger Group.
∑Evaluation of Bird Control Unit at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, and development of proposed personnel training program. For The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, through the Louis Berger Group.
∑Avifauna and endangered species survey for EIS on proposed widening of the NJ Turnpike (including assessments of impacts on wildlife by the project and proposals for mitigating adverse effects on endangered species and wetlands). For the NJ Turnpike Authority through the Louis Berger Group.