Tag Archives: biology

Bumble Bees May Soon Be Eligible for Listing Under the California Endangered Species Act

What is the current listing status for California bumble bees? On May 31, 2022, the Third Appellate Court District in California ruled that “…a terrestrial invertebrate, like each of the four bumble bee species, may be listed as an endangered or threatened species under the [California Endangered Species Act],” under the definition of ‘fish.’ This

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How to Secure and Expedite Western Joshua Tree Incidental Take Permits

The western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is a species of ecological and cultural importance that occurs across large swathes of California’s desert. In early 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission considered listing the western Joshua tree as a threatened species but has not yet made a decision about whether it will do so.  However,

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7 Tips to Help You Manage Spring Biology Surveys in 2024

Every spring biology survey is slightly different because of varying rain, temperature, and other factors. While some species—plants and some invertebrates, to name two—have variable survey seasons, others have well-established or agency-mandated survey seasons. Missing a survey window can adversely impact a project’s schedule and defensibility. By working closely with expert biologists, you can identify

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Boulder County Parks and Open Space Breeding Bird Data Analysis

Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) needed to conduct breeding bird data analysis for data from 25 individual properties throughout the County. Dudek analyzed the data to assess the effects of various land management actions on the avian population and identify trends in bird populations at each property over time to determine potential correlations

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How Three Bat Species Listings May Impact your Wind Energy Project

The operation of wind energy facilities can potentially harm bats, but the true extent of this danger is not fully understood. In some US regions, a significant challenge to developing wind energy is finding ways to lower the number of bats that collide with wind turbines while maintaining high power production levels. When developing or

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Western Joshua Tree Listing Status under the California ESA

On February 8, 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) considered several items, including the petition to list the western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) status review report; and comments received to potentially determine whether listing the tree as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

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5 Helpful Steps to Negotiate the Best Permit Conditions for Every Project

Construction delays, tied-up bonding capacity, and extraneous years of site mitigation, monitoring, and maintenance are just a few of the consequences of poorly considered and negotiated permit conditions. Conversely, a thorough, thoughtful permitting strategy can save you time and money. Dudek Habitat Restoration Practice Director Mike Sweesy offers five tips on how to tailor a

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