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Michael Preston

Senior Principal, Technical Discipline Leader, Ecology (Canada)

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Michael is a senior wildlife biologist with over 25 years of experience. Working as a principal and the technical discipline leader for Ecology in Canada, he’s focused on helping clients with impact assessments, field studies, monitoring programs, mitigation, restoration, and offset planning.

While Michael’s work primarily involves birds and caribou, he has experience with bat, bear, moose, and amphibian habitats. Michael has led the development of several digital apps for real-time data collection. These include onLOOKer, which gives fixed-radius point count surveys for birds; BirdIT, used to manage surveys and mitigation for bird nests; and RAMMT, a reptile and amphibian mitigation monitoring tool. He is currently supporting the development of an artificial intelligence tool for processing images collected from remote cameras.

Michael has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers and reports and given more than 60 lectures and workshops. He’s also provided consultation on wildlife and habitats to government and industry in Canada and served as an expert witness. 

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