For the past several years we have had the opportunity of hosting an externship with students from Tufts University studying conservation medicine. Generally we host them over their winter break, where they spend time in the field with senior biologist Peter Bloom learning trapping and handling techniques with a variety of raptors. Here are a few great photos from days out in the field. Pictured is this years amazing extern Cristen Mathews with a Golden eagle and Red-tailed hawk. If you are interested in an internship, contact us through our website. We value sharing our expertise and mentoring the next generation of biologists, veterinarians and conservationists.Read More
Updates on BBI's current projects and news that relates to BBI's goals and interests.
Career Opportunities at BBI
Bloom Biological Inc. is an environmental consulting firm with over 40 years of experience with endangered and sensitive species in California. We are currently looking for an efficient and focused person to work in the main office assisting the president and CEO with administrative tasks and helping the accounting department with basic clerical duties. This is a great opportunity for any budding ornithologist or avian enthusiast with an interest in raptor research and Southern California. Aside from basic clerical duties there will be a heavy influence on maintaining field records, databases and 40 years of data sets on raptors.
- Organizing all correspondences that come into the main office including emails, phone calls and mail.
- Making reservations and managing administrative tasks for the main biologist. Examples Include conference registrations, field access forms, airlines and hotels.
- Entering hours, recording and archiving time sheets and receipts for any expenditures provided by the main biologist or CEO
- Filing project papers and archiving historical field data to maintain an organized and efficient office. Locating research, historical papers and data as needed for publications.
- Managing upkeep of all computers and devices including backups and system upgrades.
- Preparing and maintaining the main office for meetings and ordering necessary supplies.
- Experience in biology and conservation a plus.
- Strong proficiency in Office 365 (Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, and Word.) QuickBooks knowledge a plus.
- Familiarity with both PC’s and Mac’s. Able to problem solve simple tech issues.
- Consistent attention to detail and organization. Self-motivated and adept at working without constant direction. Ability to prioritize tasks during busy periods in the office.
- Ability to be decisive and resolve simple issues that will allow the president and CEO to focus on major projects.
- Flexibility with schedule and the capacity to manage time efficiently.
Salary will be per hour - $20.00
Three days a week / 8-hour days. with flexibility on exact days
If you are interested in applying please send a cover letter and CV to email@example.com
What a year!~ 2017 has been quite a year with lots of ups and plenty of downs, but we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone we had the opportunity to work with this year, and wish everyone a great 2018.
We have the unique opportunity of being able to work on projects large and small, providing the personal touch of a small company with the organizational skills and knowledge of a larger firm. We had some exciting projects this year that allowed us to get into the field and provide the scientific expertise we are known for. At BBI, one of our core values is staying abreast of the latest research and contributing regularly to scientific advancement.
This year, Dr. Michael Kuehn presented at this year's Raptor Research Foundation with a presentation based on more than 30 years of BBI research on Swainson’s Hawks titled;
Solar Energy and Nesting Swainson’s Hawks in California’s Antelope Valley: How Long of a Future Together?
A link to the conference program in case you are looking for more information: http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/files/2017/10/conference_program_2017.pdf
We will be leading the 2018 Statewide Swainson’s Hawk Survey effort in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and we are looking for qualified volunteers to assist with surveys. Send us an email if you are interested! - firstname.lastname@example.org
As a women owned business it is important to support and provide opportunities to the women on our team. Ashley Macomber has been working with us for a while on a smaller scale, but will be moving into the position of Assistant Project Manager providing our team and our clients with organization and clarity, ensuring a smooth workflow.
Jackie Catino-Davenport continues to be an integral part of our team. Ms. Catino-Davenport has stepped into the role as part owner of BBI being able to manage large teams of people on several of our projects and creating great customer relationships. Her experience in the field combined with her understanding of protocols and her precision in communication make her an incredible asset to our team.
Breanna Bartels, has become the head of the accounting department this year making sure our clients and our staff have everything they need to start, conduct and finish any project. Having worked with BBI for five years now, she is not only an expert at accounting, but she possesses the knowledge to understand the needs of our field biologists and can translate that into numbers.
As a small business, each person on our team must wear multiple hats. We are a small team, devoted to our success as a whole and to each other individually. We are proud of the work we have done, and our abilities to provide excellent consulting and research that promotes conservation and considers the changing landscape of our time. We look forward to the challenges of 2018, and wish everyone a joyous and productive new year.
~ Rebecca, Pete, Breanna, Mike, Jackie, Ashley, Kerry and Bob.
We have done a lot this field season at BBI, working throughout southern California with a variety of species on a multitude of projects. Below is some wonderful footage of a typical day in the field. The view from a cherry picker after returning some recently banded Swainson's hawks to their nest. Thanks to Mike Kuehn for the video. Greg Tully and Pete Bloom pictured in photoRead More
BBI's Peter Bloom was recently featured in an article from the Wall Street Journal, examining the role of roadkill in biology and conservation efforts. There is a video as well, where Pete uses part of a musk deer to trap Turkey Vultures in an ongoing study effort to determine why their numbers have been "dwindling".Read More
Allen Fish and the folks at the Golden Gate Raptor observatory just sent us this link to Pete's talk from the 49th Raptor Research Foundation conference hosted at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in November of last year.
Pete's presentation "Fifty Years of California Raptor Conservation — Success, Failure, Works in Progress, & Insights for Future Research" was wonderfully filmed and we are delighted to be able to share it!Read More
Here are photos of Turkey vulture trapping this past week with Jackie Catino and Peter Bloom.Read More
Swainson's hawk banding and other pictures from the field June 2016Read More
California High Speed Rail Authority just published their small business newsletter featuring a nice article about BBI's involvement in the project. We are currently out in the field surveying for Swainson's hawks, a threatened species in CA.Read More
BBI Is pleased to announce we are now a certified WBE - Women Business EnterpriseRead More
Biologist Jackie Catino shared photos from her recent trip to Thailand, where she captured many wonderful species.Read More
This Great Horned owl was photographed out in Kern County this week near the Cattani Ranch by BBI biologist Michael Kuehn. Spring is a busy time of year at BBI and we are currently in the field all over California and parts of Nevada.
Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year! We are pleased to have accomplished so much this year, and value the relationships with our clients and collaborators. We wish everyone a successful and productive 2016!Read More
At BBI we receive a lot of pictures of birds we have banded making appearances all over California. This year we have some turkey vultures and a Red-tailed Hawk. Thanks to Kat Avila, Joe Valley, and Devon Lang Pryor for the shotsRead More
Peterson Ranch has established the Land Veritas Mitigation Banks which will provide habitat for a number of important species. We were relatively peripheral to the creation of this land bank but our endorsement of it as credible Swainson’s Hawk habitat contributed to its acceptance.
More information here.....
PV/SB Audubon Chapter
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA, 90503
7- 9 pm.
Title: Unusual Movements of Raptors Banded in Southern California
Description: Peter will speak about some of the results from his dissertation research that includes a hitherto undescribed migration of fledgling and young adult Red-tailed Hawks from southwestern California to northerly latitudes at least as far a Yellowstone NP in Montana, and another component that looks at vagrancy (basically lost) in Red-shouldered Hawks also banded in southwestern California.
Open to the public. Light refreshments are provided. Free! Donations are greatly appreciated. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve added a new species to the Big Year count. I think it’s getting to that point where I actually have to make a concerted effort to find new ones, primarily by chasing after species reported by others. While I’ve been birding for over 30 years all over the Americas, I’ve never been much of a chaser of species found by others. The reasons are pretty simple:
- Urban parks are not my thing. For some reason or another, it seems the majority of rarities show up in city parks, often in the middle of very urbanized areas, and not the type of places I enjoy spending my time in, such as more remote areas that you could call wilderness. I highly doubt that there are actually more rarities in those places. They are just more likely to be found. There is an argument, however, for a verdant spot in the middle of a city being like an island oasis in the middle of an ocean.
- I hate waiting and wondering. It is commonplace when you chase after a bird for that bird to not be immediately evident upon your arrival. So, you wait. You wonder. You wander. You poke around in the places where others have reported seeing it. If you don’t find the bird relatively quickly, you begin to wonder if you are going to be the first person to miss it. How long should I wait? Am I wasting my time? I guarantee someone will find it right after I leave.
- I hate it when someone finds a bird I missed. That I specifically sought. Immediately after I gave up and left the place it was previously found. It happens to all who chase birds regularly. “Birds have wings and they do things…” is a quote often attributed to Roger Tory Peterson. Whether he said it or not, it’s accurate, and the thing they do quite often is avoid detection when you are looking for them.
So, given all of the above, I chased an immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Thursday. The bird had been seen in a variety of places centered around the Ballona Channel in Marina del Rey. It was just my luck that I had to do a short nesting bird survey on a rather small property about two miles away. After completing the survey, I went straight to the parking lot at Del Rey Lagoon, got out of my Jeep, and there was the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron feeding on the narrow mud flat right in front me. There was no effort on my part. I got out of my Jeep, set up my camera, and snapped pictures until someone walked by with their dog and it flew to the other side.
Why can’t they all be that easy?
As a reminder of my points above, and their general applicability outside of my own experience, I subsequently walked north to bird the Ballona Channel wherein I met another birder.
Other birder (chewing on a sandwich): “Did you see it?”
Me: “You mean the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron?”
Other birder (chewing on a sandwich): “Yes.”
Me: “Yep. I just came from there. It was feeding on the southwest shore.”
Other birder (putting away sandwich): “Really? I didn’t see it. Guess I’m heading back over there.”
I never saw him again, and I do not know if he ever saw it, but I do know the bird has been seen daily through today. In some sense, though, I also became that birder (chewing on a sandwich) when it came to the rest of my day. I still do not have Common Tern or Black Skimmer for Los Angeles County for the year. Birders have observed both species recently, repeatedly, at the Ballona Channel. Once again, on yet another visit there, I come up empty. I continued my day a little further inland at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh. My primary goal bird there was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that had been reported the previous few days in an elderberry above the road on the south side. I spent about a half hour there, by the elderberry, agonizing whether to stay or go. I decided to leave. When I reached the north side of the marsh and my Jeep, I looked back at the elderberry far away and saw some birders looking up at it. I later got an ebird report in my email stating it had been observed in the elderberry at just about that time.