Campbell County Hosts Second Day of Raptor Symposium

(Gillette, Wyo.) Back in 2015, the Raptor Symposium was established. Then, the symposium was focused on finding a balance between the raptor habitat and energy development. This year’s symposium is trying to provide some of the same opportunities, while reviewing the past two years progress, and moving forward with on-going issues.

The first day of this two-day event was full of questions and responses. Enviromentalists, scientists, and the energy industry are trying to come together to move forward.

“The goal of this particular symposium is really to move toward policy development,” said Ivy McGowan-Castleberry with the Commissioner’s Office. “Right now we have biologists who are working on issues and then we have the energy industry who is also trying to deal with it. There is no policy that helps guide how the two move forward together.”

Session two started today, March 30th at 7:30 a.m. in the Equality Hall of the CAM-PLEX. It is open to the public and all are encouraged to join in.

Today’s Agenda:

  • 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast provided by Campbell County
  • 8:00 a.m. Anticipation of policy needs for state and federal energy related projects (Ryan Lance, Sweetwater River Conservancy)
  • 8:40 a.m. Future analyses with the database: identifying nedded research and inventory gaps (Gary Beauvais, WYNDD)
  • 9:40 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:10 a.m. Mitigations: effectiveness, inconsistencies, and opportunities to fine tune with data (Duane Spencer, BLM)
  • 10:30 a.m. Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Association’s program and project level planning (Dave Pellatz, Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association)
  • 10:50 a.m. Nest Moves (Tracy Jones, Powder River Corporation)
  • 11:10 a.m. Panel Discussion: Next Steps and Q&A (moderated by Ryan Lance; panel includes Alison Holloran, Audubon Rockies; Duane Spencer, BLM; Gwyn McKee Great Plains Wildlife Consulting; Tracy Jones, Powder River Corporation; Tim Byer, USFS; Trish Sweanor, USFWS; Dough Brimeyer, WGFD; and Gary Beauvais, WYNDD)
  • 12:40 p.m. Summary of next steps (group discussion facilitated by ERG)
  • 1:00 p.m. Symposium closeout (Campbell County Commissioners)