Principal - Niswander Environmental, LLC
M.S. 1997 Wildlife Science (Minor: Botany), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
B.S. 1992 Wildlife Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Niswander is the co-founder of Niswander Environmental, the Paw Paw Wetland Mitigation Bank, and the Clinton River Wetland Mitigation Bank and has over 15 years of wildlife science and wetlands experience. Her extensive wildlife experience has extended from urban locales to remote regions of the Oregon Coast Range and the Alaska Peninsula, with research focusing on passerines, rare shorebirds, waterfowl, and botanical assessments and inventories. Ms. Niswander has conducted wetlands work in Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Oregon and Alaska. Her wetlands experience has included work with private consulting firms and various public sectors including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon State University, County Road Commissions and the Michigan, Ohio and Iowa DOT. Her work has included delineations, monitoring, wetland mapping, biological surveys, wetland planting, threatened and endangered species surveys, and comprehensive wildlife habitat assessments. Ms. Niswander is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in the State of Michigan.
Road Commission for Oakland County Mussel Survey – Cooley Lake Road (2009)
Completed an evaluation of the project area for potential occurrence of State listed threatened, endangered, and special concern mussels, as requested by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE). This survey was completed on behalf of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) to determine what effects, if any, the proposed Cooley Lake Road improvement projects will have on State listed species of mussels. The Clinton River throughout its reach is known to provide suitable habitat for several species of mussels. The MDNRE indicated that three State listed species, the endangered rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), the special concern rainbow mussel (Villosa iris), and the special concern round pigtoe (Pleurobema sintoxia), are known to occur on or near the site. The habitat evaluation revealed a significant amount of suitable habitat for the State listed mussel species. The approximately 200-foot survey section was traversed by foot and any mussels observed during the assessment were collected, sorted, and documented via photos taken at the site. Positively identified a total of ten collected species, six of which are State listed as endangered, threatened, or special concern in Michigan.
Threatened & Endangered Species Survey, Wavey-rayed lampmussel - Road Commission for Macomb County, MI (2006 – 2008)
Conducted habitat assessment for the state threatened wavey-rayed lampmussel in the North Branch Clinton River for a multifaceted road improvement project. Submitted determination of effects report to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Comprehensive Natural Features Inventory – Long Lake Township, MI (2006)
Conducted comprehensive field assessment of all natural features within Long Lake Township, including a qualitative evaluation of wetlands, woodlands, lakes, streams, floodplains, endangered species, steep slopes, and preserved natural areas. Identified potential habitat for state-listed species such as common loon (Gavia immer), red-shoulder hawk (Buteo lineatus), bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), ebony boghaunter dragonfly (Williamsonia fletcheri), and massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus).
Livingston Engineering T&E Assessment – Washtenaw County, MI (2006)
Wildlife Biologist responsible for conducting habitat assessment and visual survey for the state-endangered Southern red-belly dace (Phoxinus erythrogaster), state-endangered white gentian (Gentiana flavida), and state-threatened Leiberg’s panic grass (Panicum leibergii) along the Huron River in Ypsilanti and Superior Townships, Washtenaw County. Project involved the construction of a medical center and associated installation of HDPE direct stormwater into the Huron River. Prepared Determination of Effects report detailing the findings of a survey as part of MDEQ wetland permit requirement.
Comprehensive Natural Features Inventory - City of Rochester Hills, MI (2004-2005)
All natural features including wetlands, woodlands, prairies, and watercourses were mapped and field assessed. A comprehensive GIS database was developed and utilized for the development of the City’s Master Land Use Plan.
M.S. Research. Time Budget and Habitat Use Patterns of Marbled Godwits Breeding on the Alaska Peninsula (1994-1997)
Conducted extensive wildlife research for the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Complex on rare shorebird breeding in a remote region of the Alaska Peninsula. Completed extensive botanical inventory of marbled godwit habitat requirements. Assisted in aerial radio-telemetry of western sandpipers (Calidris mauri) staging along the Bristol Bay Coast. Assisted in mist-netting and banding of passerines for MAPS project. Organized the logistics of two remote field camps on the Alaska Peninsula
Oregon State University, Teaching Assistant and Administrative Assistant (1994 - 1996)
Organized and designed laboratory assignments for approximately 80 graduate and undergraduate students for wildlife habitat class. Organized behavioral ecology laboratory and directed approximately 30 graduate and undergraduate research projects. Developed database for organizing student information for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Oregon State University, Research Assistant (1994)
Conducted aerial and ground-telemetry study of band-tailed pigeons (Columba fasciata) nesting in the Oregon Coast Range. Assisted in mist-netting harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) breeding in the Oregon Coast Range.
Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Wildlife Biologist (1993)
Conducted annual spring waterfowl migration survey along the Naknek River of the Alaska Peninsula. Determined waterfowl species composition, abundance, phenology, distribution, disturbances and utilization of specific habitats of the Naknek River using ground and aerial surveying techniques. Compared staging trends to three adjacent rivers. Compiled findings in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unpublished government report.
Mason-de Verteuil Geotechnical Services, Wetland Biologist (1992)
Conducted biological survey and delineation of wetlands for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Mapped specific wetland sites over a 16 mile corridor proposed for transportation development.
Angela C. Niswander