New Research Published on Wetland Rapid Assessment Method

WRA Senior Biologist Kari Dupler is lead author of a research paper recently published called “Rapid Assessment of Wetland Condition Reflects Amphibian Community Composition”.  Kentucky has lost over 80% of its wetlands, and because state-wide monitoring was historically minimal, this number is likely underestimated. The Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (KY-WRAM) was developed by the Kentucky … Continue Reading »

Miles Gullingsrud, VP, Operations Joins WRA

WRA, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Miles Gullingsrud as Vice President, Operations. Miles has more than 15 years of experience leading critical operational support including project delivery, technology, people, and culture. With a professional background in administration, finance, and technology, Miles brings a blended experience of organizational process and operational delivery. “We … Continue Reading »

WRA Poster Presenter at Cal-IPC Symposium 2019

WRA is a proud sponsor of the 2019 California Invasive Plant Council’s annual Symposium on October 15-18 in Riverside. This year’s theme is Evolving Management Perspectives in a Changing World. WRA biologist Tyler Hanson was selected to present a poster at this year’s event titled “Measuring change in a changing world: the power of statistics … Continue Reading »

Final Rules Published on Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Series 2: Species and Critical Habitat Listing and Prohibitions on Take for Threatened Species By Patricia Valcarcel, Senior Biologist and ESA Specialist On July 25, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Services) published three proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations, and on August … Continue Reading »

WRA Wildlife Experts to Present at 2019 AFS & TWS Joint Conference

Four wildlife experts from WRA will present research at the 2019 joint American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society (AFS & TWS) Conference in Reno, Nevada from September 29 through October 3. September 30, 2019 at 4:40 pm: The Value of a Non-Traditional Long Term Data Set: Sampling at a Former Naval Dry Dock presented … Continue Reading »

Wetland Regulations—Moving towards State Control

Recent news accounts on changes in the federal definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) have been matched with the California State Water Resources Control Board’s announcement that a new State Wetland Policy will be in effect starting on May 28, 2020.   These changes reflect the shifting dynamic in environmental regulation—at least temporarily—under the … Continue Reading »

SMHM Paper Published in The Journal of Wildlife Management

WRA’s Katie Smith, one of the leading authorities on the ecology of the salt marsh harvest mouse (SMHM), is lead author of the article “Waterfowl management and diet of the salt marsh harvest mouse” recently published in The Journal of Wildlife Management.   Although their diet is not well understood, SMHM is thought to feed primarily … Continue Reading »

WRA to present at the 2019 State of the Estuary Conference

WRA experts will take part in the 2019 State of the Estuary (SOE) Conference, hosted by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, October 21-22, 2019. See the full program here.  This year, WRA wildlife biologist Katie Smith will present “Mice in the Middle: The Special Case of Terrestrial Wildlife … Continue Reading »

Final Rules Published on Major Changes to the Endangered Species Act

Series 1: Interagency Cooperation (Section 7) By Patricia Valcarcel, Senior Biologist and ESA Specialist On July 25, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (collectively, Services) published three proposed revisions to Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations. On August 27, 2019, the Services published the final rules on … Continue Reading »

New research: a case study with lead and waterfowl on the Texas coast

Brian Kearns, a biologist with WRA, Inc., is first author of a recently published study resulting from his doctoral work focused on the magnitude and distribution of lead contamination on the Texas coast, and how it impacts endemic avian wildlife. The study,  “Distribution of contaminants in the environment and wildlife habitat use: a case study … Continue Reading »