The Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society has awarded wildlife biologist Steve Pelletier with its 2015 Award of Professional Achievement, the society’s highest professional honor. The award recognizes Maine wildlife professionals who have distinguished themselves through a long-term commitment to the profession and advancing wildlife conservation, management, research, and public education.
Pelletier, a principal at Topsham-based consulting firm Stantec, has been working on wildlife issues across the state of Maine and beyond for over 35 years. With particular expertise in bird and bat ecology, Pelletier became a pioneer in using marine radar systems to track bird and bat migration at night, which has since helped regulatory agencies, including the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, better guide offshore development across the East Coast and Great Lakes. He has also worked to assess the use of ultraviolet light to deter bats near wind turbines.
“Steve’s work as a consultant not only requires him to tackle controversial issues, but also requires that he resolves those issues with practical and useful solutions that benefit natural communities and the species they support,” says Mao Teng Lin, president of the Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “Steve never strays far from the core biological questions that are important. He has always done the right thing and unquestionably made a difference to our industry.”
The Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society is a local membership organization of The Wildlife Society, an international nonprofit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.
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