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Morningstar, Derek

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Senior Ecologist
Professional Wetland Scientist

Joined LGL in 2018


M.Sc.: University of Guelph (Ecology) 2017
B.Sc. (Hons.): University of Guelph (Ecology) 2005

Professional Interests

  • Project management
  • Species at risk
  • Bat ecology
  • Avian ecology
  • Reptile and amphibian ecology
  • Wetland assessment
  • Renewable energy development and management
  • Mining development and management
  • Aggregates development and management

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Derek Morningstar is a terrestrial ecologist with many years of related work experience. He has been a species at risk specialist and, particularly, a specialist in bat biology and acoustic inventory, wildlife survey and wetland assessment. He has been the Project Manager and conducted various field investigations for terrestrial flora and fauna and assisted with aquatic surveys. Project tasks include population health assessments, bat migration monitoring, roost assessments, acoustic surveys capture and tracking, other mammal surveys, Blanding’s turtle and other reptile inventories, breeding bird surveys, bird nest surveys, aerial waterfowl surveys, raptor surveys, plant inventories, wetland delineation, and rare plant investigations.

Derek has managed and contributed to the completion of Species at Risk Monitoring Reports, Renewable Energy Approvals, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Screening Reports, Natural Environment Technical Reports, and Environmental Impact Studies for residential, commercial, government, mining, aggregate, and recreational development applications. Derek has also taken part as an invited expert on the development of recovery strategies, status assessments, and population reviews for species at risk bats.

Derek has been a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) since 2012 as recognized by the Society of Wetland Scientists. He has taken part in bat-related certification training hosted by Bat Conservation International (BCI), Bat Conservation and Management at Birchdale Ecological, and is a member of BCI, the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR), the North Eastern Bat Working Group (EBWG), and the Western Bat Working Group (WBWG). Derek is certified and experienced in Ecological Land Classification (ELC) and the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES), natural feature identification (flora, fauna, and areas) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping among many other certifications for technical work and health and safety.

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