BBI provides a wide range of services including raptor research, biological surveys and monitoring, impact assessment, due diligence, geospatial analysis, and cartography.
BBI provides a comprehensive array of services related to biological resource surveys, assessment and permitting.
BBI is revered as the preeminent consulting firm in the western United States for studies of raptors, including the interface between development and imperiled species such as Golden Eagles and California Condors.
BBI President Peter H. Bloom is an internationally recognized expert in raptor biology, and is considered one of the State of California’s top authorities on California Condor and Golden Eagle. Mr. Bloom has published on the biology of raptors in more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers and technical reports, and has spent over 600 hours conducting helicopter and fixed-wing nest survey work and aerial radio-tracking of raptors.
BBI staff can perform any survey for any biological resource in the State of California. BBI biologists also have experience and selected permits to conduct surveys for species outside of California.
Our services range from standard, agency-mandated protocol surveys for endangered, threatened, and sensitive species, to carefully developed and project-specific surveys for a wide array of resources, including protocol designs subject to rigid statistical analysis as is becoming commonplace for solar and wind energy siting cases.
BBI employs a team of biologists with years of experience conducting general habitat assessments and due diligence studies. These are often the first steps in determining the types of surveys and other studies likely to be required during environmental review for elucidating project impacts and shaping feasible mitigation measures.
BBI biologists are capable and experienced in evaluating a site’s potential to support endangered or otherwise sensitive species or their habitat, evaluating the nature and significance of project impacts on these resources, and working with project proponents in developing feasible mitigation measures to avoid, eliminate, or reduce these impacts.
BBI biologists have extensive experience preparing documents that fulfill the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal and state Endangered Species Acts (federal ESA Section 10(a) permits and Section 7 consultation, state ESA Section 2081 permits), single- and multiple-species habitat conservation plans, and other regulatory requirements for alternative energy, residential development and a variety of other industries.
A Geographic Information System, also known as GIS, is defined as a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data related to positions on the Earth's surface. If used properly, GIS creates phenomenal efficiencies in data collection, analysis and storage and allows you to see data in ways that were impossible to fathom prior to the invention of GIS technology. Far beyond making simple maps, a complete GIS is a database that allows you to investigate a wide variety of spatial and non-spatial relationships among data.