Senior Wildlife Biologist
Dana Terry has 17 years of experience as a wildlife biologist in California. Mr. Terry has led biological survey teams during focused survey efforts for numerous special-status species, coordinating training, scheduling, data collection, data processing, and reporting throughout California. He regularly conducts habitat assessments, monitoring, and impact analyses for public and private projects. He has completed protocol-level surveys, pre-construction surveys, and biological compliance monitoring for numerous species throughout California, and has experience identifying birds both visually and by ear. Mr. Terry has extensive experience conducting roosting bat surveys, acoustical monitoring, and bat call data analysis both through formal training and through project work experience. He has used camera stations in restoration site monitoring, special-status species surveys and relocation monitoring, and for personal research and educational purposes. He has designed and implemented research and monitoring studies on publicly-held lands including landscape-level bat acoustical surveys, large-acreage burrowing owl population surveys, special-status amphibian surveys, trapping, radio telemetry, and relocation of western pond turtles, and San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat nest relocation efforts.
He holds a Section 10(a)1(A) permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a Memorandum of Understanding and Scientific Collecting Permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizing him to survey for and handle California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, vernal pool branchiopods, foothill yellow-legged frog, western pond turtle, and San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat. In addition to the permitted species above, his experience includes focused surveys and monitoring for numerous other special-status species, including Alameda whipsnake, burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, San Joaquin kit fox, giant garter snake, Ridgway's rail, salt marsh harvest mouse, California least tern, western snowy plover, desert tortoise, Myrtle's silverspot butterfly, Lange's metalmark butterfly, and Ohlone tiger beetle. Mr. Terry studied western pond turtles for his Master’s thesis at Mountain Lake in the Presidio of San Francisco. His research compared the effects of soft release and hard release techniques during the introduction of a founder population of western pond turtles into a restored aquatic habitat and demonstrated the importance of maternal effects on individual growth rates.
In addition to his field experience, Mr. Terry regularly writes technical reports including habitat assessments, formal Biological Assessments for both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, multi-year inventory and monitoring reports on single species studies, permit applications, mitigation monitoring reports, and other biological technical documentation for all stages of public and private project development. He also has written permit applications for State Incidental Take Permits and Streambed Alteration Agreements, and federal 404 permit applications. He has coordinated with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to successfully permit projects. In addition, he has performed in-depth CEQA analysis and developed mitigation measures for a large-scale wildland fuels management program within public park lands.