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Special Conservation Panel

Sunday, July 30, 2017

1:30-3:30 pm

You are invited to a conservation discussion with experts in the field on some of the important issues of our time: invasive species, environmental toxins, renewable energy and climate change and their effects on wild bird populations. 


Make plans now to attend this session! Note: There is no additional fee - this session is included free with your AAV Conference registration.


AAV is pleased to announce our special guest panelists for this session. 







Grant Sizemore

Director of Invasive Species Programs

American Bird Conservancy 

Grant Sizemore is the Director of Invasive Species Programs for American Bird Conservancy. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Grant has worked on wildlife conservation through policy, education, outreach, and field research and has authored popular and scientific publications regarding bird ecology, biodiversity assessments, and invasive species management.


Barnett A. Rattner, Ph.D.


Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey                     

Dr. Barnett Rattner is a scientist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center of the Department of the Interior and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland.  He received his doctorate in Zoology in 1977 from the University of Maryland, and following a one year National Research Council Postdoctoral Associateship at the Naval Medical Research Institute, he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.   He conducts research of regional, national and international scope that is of high priority to the Federal Government.  This entails hypothesis-driven laboratory and field investigations, risk assessments and scholarly evaluations of the hazard and toxicity of legacy (e.g., industrial compounds, metals, and pesticides) and contemporary pollutants to wildlife and the environment.  The focus is on exposure and adverse effects of emerging contaminants (e.g., flame retardants, pharmaceuticals), comparative toxicity, non-target secondary poisoning associated with rodenticides, alternative testing methods, and screening-level risk assessments.    He has nearly 40 years of professional experience, published over 125 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, co-edited three reference texts, and serves on several journal editorial boards and statutory interagency government panels.   He is a Charter Member, Fellow and Past-President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.




Jerry A. Roppe

Principal Biologist

Avangrid Renewables

Jerry A. Roppe is the Principal Biologist for Avangrid Renewables, LLC (AR). After receiving his Master’s degree in wildlife biology at Colorado State, Jerry gained extensive experience with the utility and energy industry working in mining, thermal, hydro, nuclear, geothermal, and wind generation and in transmission and distribution power lines His focus was environmental and resource management, regulatory compliance, and resource-based technical services. He is currently providing technical expertise across the AR’s 50 plants, supporting its Wildlife Protection Program (WPP) to meet wildlife compliance commitments, and implementing wildlife research studies in conjunction with Bat Conservation International (BCI), USGS, and other wind industry cooperators. His involvement in avian and wildlife issues dates back to his role as one of the founding members of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC). He has been a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) since 1973 serving as a Board Director for the Oregon State Chapter and for the Renewable Energy Working Group (REWG). He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB) with TWS.



Ian Evans

Research Program Manager

American Wind Wildlife Institute

Ian Evans is the Research Program Manager for the American Wind Wildlife Institute. He supports AWWI’s research program work to promote timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and habitat. Prior to AWWI Ian worked on research, organizing, and advocacy for renewable energy and climate adaptation at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. He has worked in the field studying passerines, coastal ecology, endangered shorebirds, and wolves. He received a BA in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College, where he studied Conservation Biology and conducted research to assess human impact to ecosystems and landscape.



Panel Moderators:

  Jesse A. Fallon, MS, DVM
Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia 
AAV Conservation Committee Chair 
  Glenn Olsen, DVM, PhD 
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
AAV Research Committee Chair


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