SHAWN WAGONER

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST

My passion for nature started early when I was exploring riparian woodland behind my childhood home in the Bay Area. From there I pursued a career to protect and serve our environment and be a champion of conservation. To achieve this, I became a wildlife biologist and gained extensive experience conducting protocol-level surveys and monitoring for a wide range of Federally and State Threatened/Endangered species. For Burleson, I lead and support a variety of wildlife and natural resource surveying and monitoring efforts throughout California to ensure environmental compliance and protection during construction and maintenance projects. I have developed an extensive professional skillset which I apply to find the best solution to complex natural resource issues. My ability to adapt to rapidly changing schedules, strong communication skills, and pragmatic professional approach ensures permit compliance, resource protection and project progression.

In addition to wildlife biology, my diversified environmental background includes developing & leading environmental awareness training, wetland/vegetation mapping, hydrology monitoring, water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, special-status vegetation surveys and monitoring, GIS and GPS certification, developing/maintaining positive client relations and assisting in project oversight, management, logistics and reporting.

Body of Knowledge

BS, Biology, California State University Monterey Bay
Certificate of Field Ornithology, University of California Riverside
Biology and Conservation of the California Tiger Salamander Workshop,
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training
California Tiger Salamander Terrestrial Ecology by Workshop by Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Biology and Conservation of the California Red-legged Frog Workshop,
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training
Rare Pond Species Survey Techniques Workshop by Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
San Joaquin Kit Fox Ecology, Conservation & Survey Techniques Workshop,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Workshop, Southern Sierra Research Station, Kern River Valley
The Wildlife Society, Central Coast
Introduction to Bird Banding Course, University of California Riverside
Advanced Bird Banding Workshop, Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Basic Bird Identification Workshop, San Francisco Bay Observatory
Avian Calls and Song Workshop, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Sparrow Identification Workshop, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Gull Identification Workshop, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Vagrant Land birds Workshop, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Avian Handling Course, SPCA of Monterey County
CPR/First-Aid/AED
OSHA 24-HR HAZWOPER Training

Client Satisfaction

"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA