Investigation and Evaluation of Potential Blanding’s Turtle Nesting Habitatand Results of Blanding’s Turtle Nesting Activity Surveys at theCape Vincent Wind Farm Project
Draft Report Prepared for:
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
2003 Central AvenueCheyenne, Wyoming 82001
Riveredge Associates, LLC58 Old River RoadMassena, New York 13662
September 25, 2010
Riveredge Associates (Riveredge) is pleased to submit this report summarizing the purpose, background, methods, results and recommendations of a Blanding’s turtle (
) potential nesting habitat and nesting activity survey investigation conducted on thesite of the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm, Town of Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, NewYork, in June 2010 (Figure 1). Riveredge Associates was contracted by Western EcoSystemsTechnology, Inc. (WEST) to complete work reported herein as part of pre-construction wildlifesurveys conducted for the project.
Riveredge performed site visits to the Study area to identify and evaluate areas within the CapeVincent Wind Farm Project’s zone of potential impact as potentially suitable Blanding’s turtlenesting habitat. In areas with potential nesting habitat, Riveredge performed surveys for Blanding’s turtle nesting activity, following the protocol developed by the New York StateDepartment of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) (Ross 2009).