[Featured image: Me scanning the ocean at Harris Beach State Park, Oregon, May 2018]

       

2018 was another productive year. The greatest volume of work this year was for Southern California Edison through on-call relationships with SWCA (Pasadena) and Bargas Environmental (Orange County), where my skills are utilized for both office (desktop assessments, biological assessments, and report QA/QC) and field (preconstructions surveys and monitoring) work. I continue to have a perfect record in competitive bidding opportunities, with the only exception being the only federal opportunity I bid on (in Montana) which was not awarded to anyone. At the end of 2018, I won a year-long contract for 2019 with Descanso Gardens (Los Angeles County) to conduct field studies and write a wildlife management plan. The following are highlights from my work in 2018.

Harris Beach Management Unit Wildlife Assessment

Shoreline at Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor

Client: Oregon Parks & Recreation Department

Location: Curry County, Oregon

Time Period: April 2018 to Present

For the second consecutive year, I was contracted by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to prepare a wildlife assessment report, this time for the Harris Beach Management Unit along the southern Oregon coast. Like Smith Rock last year, this project required extensive pre-survey research. Because of the size of the survey area, the field component lasted two weeks. Fieldwork included wildlife and habitat documentation (including remote camera trapping), hiking every trail available within the included parks, and camping with Harris Beach and Alfred A. Loeb state parks. The final deliverables will include preparation of new geospatial data and an extensive report documenting what is known and not known about the wildlife and habitats of the park unit, with suggestions for future research and management priorities. The deliverables will be provided in the first quarter of 2019.

Nesting Bird Surveys for an Apartment Complex in Los Angeles

Female Allen’s Hummingbird on its nest in May 2018.

Client: PRG Investment and Management, Inc.

Location: Los Angeles County, California

Time Period: May 2018 to August 2018

I was retained by PRG Investment and Management to conduct a series of ten nesting bird surveys on a property in Los Angeles County prior to demolition of an old structure and construction of a new one. The project was ultimately delayed by the discovery of an active Allen’s Hummingbird nest (pictured) during the survey. Upon completion of the nesting process, the survey clock was restarted and the site was ultimately cleared.

Biological Resources Assessment for a Water Infrastructure Project in Trinity County

Waterfall along a tributary to the Trinity River, June 2018.

Client: As On-Call Staff to Northgate Environmental

Location: Trinity County, California

Time Period: June 2018 to July 2018

I was retained by Northgate Environmental (based in the Bay area) as an hourly staff biologist to conduct field surveys and prepare a biological assessment for a Section 7 consultation analyzing the effects of a proposed water infrastructure project on potentially-occurring federally-listed biological resources. The first draft of the document was accepted as-is and the project was promptly completed.

Biological Resources Assessment for a Water Infrastructure Project in Riverside County

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Redshank Chaparral in the vicinity of the project site. This area was investigated as part of the larger study area for the biological resources assessment.

Client:                     As On-Call Staff to Northgate Environmental

Location:               South-central Riverside County, California

Time Period:        March 2017 to July 2018

I was retained by Northgate Environmental (based in the Bay area) as an hourly staff biologist to conduct field surveys and prepare a biological resources assessment analyzing the effects of a proposed water infrastructure project on biological resources. The resulting document was originally completed in 2017. It was revised in April 2018 with additional project changes and updated with an additional field visit in July 2018.

Biological Surveys and Permitting for a Residential Development

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Woolly Blue Curls (Trichostema lanatum) on the subject property for this residential project.

Client:                     West LA Consulting

Location:               Los Angeles County, California

Time Period:        May 2017 to Present

In 2017, I was retained by West LA Consulting to take over biological surveys and permitting documentation related to construction of an estate-sized home on 40 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. Work thus far has involved four field surveys, the addition of a botanist to the team, meetings with the County of Los Angeles, and a rewrite of the biological technical report. The project is nearing completion as of the beginning of 2019.