Important Updates to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
Westward’s Natural Resources department offers several biological services, including Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) compliance consulting. The MBTA prohibits the take, possession, importation, exportation, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, of migratory birds, bird parts (e.g. feathers), nests, or eggs without a valid Federal permit. U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) is responsible for enforcing the MBTA and has proposed to revise the List of Migratory Birds protected under the MBTA. Based on new taxonomy and natural occurrence evidence, 66 species were added and seven species were removed from the list. These revisions also include changes to scientific and common names that incorporate updates published by the American Ornithological Society. USFWS will be accepting comments and information from concerned parties regarding this proposed rule until January 28, 2019. Give Westward’s Natural Resource team a call if you have questions or concerns regarding the MBTA as it applies to your project.
Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)
Westward’s Certifications & Affiliations page provides the depth of talent that our company offers from Professional Engineers to Certified Floodplain Managers. Today we highlight another such certification: the Certified Consulting Meteorologist, or CCM. A CCM applicant is rigorously evaluated and the certification is only awarded by the American Meteorological Society to those considered “experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases.”
Westward’s resident CCM, Dave Knollhoff’s primary focus is submitting air permit applications and conducting air dispersion modeling analyses for industry clients. If your company or legal situation is in need of a professionally-certified meteorologist, Westward is ready and available to assess the situation and address your needs.