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Richard Harness
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Richard Harness

   Biography

Mr. Harness is a certified wildlife biologist working for EDM International, Inc. He has a M.S. in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University where his thesis work was conducted on raptor electrocutions. Mr. Harness has 30 years experience managing and supervising environmental studies and research for the electric utility industry. His specific areas of strength are in wildlife-utility interactions including power line electrocutions and bird collisions.

EDM International, Inc.
4001 Automation Way  
Fort Collins,  CO  80525  United States
Phone: 970 204-4001 Fax: 970 204-4007
Email: rharness@edmlink.com


   Research Interests

Raptor electrocutions
Raptor collisions with wind turbines
Raptor collisions with wires
Raptor nest disturbance
Raptor nest relocation
Interested in all raptor groups, including New and Old World vultures, hawks, and owls.

Species of Interest: 
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Saker Falcon


   Publications

Cartron, J.-L., R. Sierra Carona, R.E. Harness, R. Rodriguez-Estrella, and G. Huerta. 2006. Bird electrocutions and power poles in northwestern Mexico: an overview. Raptors Conservation 7:4-14.

Harness, R.E. 1997. Raptor electrocutions caused by rural electric distribution powerlines. M.Sc. thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Harness, R.E. 2000. Steel distribution poles -- environmental implications. Pp. 751-755 in R.D. Chancellor and B.-U. Meyburg (eds.), Raptors at risk. World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Berlin, and Hancock House, Blaine, WA.

Harness, R. 2000. (Review of) Birds and power lines, by Miguel Ferrer and Guyonne F. E. Janss (eds.). Journal of Raptor Research 34:154-155.

Harness, R.E. 2001. Reduce raptor mortality by retrofitting power lines. IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 7:50-55.

Harness, R. 2002. (Abstract) The effectiveness of perch guards to prevent raptor electrocutions. P. 267 in R. Yosef, M.L. Miller, and D. Pepler (eds.), Raptors in the new millennium. International Birding & Research Center in Eilat, Israel, Eilat, Israel.

Harness, R.E. 2004. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus electrocutions in Alaska and Florida -- a comparison of retrofitting measures. Pp. 429-435 in R.D. Chancellor and B.-U. Meyburg (eds.), Raptors worldwide. World Working Group on Birds of Prey, BErlin, and MME-BirdLife Hungary, Budapest.

Harness, R.E. 2007. Mitigation. Pp. 365-382 in D.M. Bird and K.L. Bildstein (eds.), Raptor research and management techniques, Hancock House, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Harness, R., and M. Garrett. 1999. Effectiveness of perch guards to prevent raptor electrocutions. Journal of the Colorado Field Ornithologists 33:215-220.

Harness, R., S. Gombobaatar, and R. Yosef. 2008. Mongolia distribution power lines and raptor electrocutions. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 52:1-6.

Harness, R., S. Milodragovich, and J. Schomburg. 2003. Raptors and power line collisions. Colorado Birds 37:118-122.

Harness, R., and K. Wilson. 1998. Raptor electrocutions. IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 4:25-31.

Harness, R.E., and K. Wilson. 1998. Review of falconers' electrocution data. Hawk Chalk 37:79-81.

Harness, R.E., and K.R. Wilson. 2000. Raptor electrocutions and outages -- a review of rural utility records spanning 1986-1996. Pp. 765-771 in R.D. Chancellor and B.-U. Meyburg (eds.), Raptors at risk. World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Berlin, and Hancock House, Blaine, WA.

Harness, R.E., and K.R. Wilson. 2001. Electric-utility structures associated with raptor electrocutions in rural areas. Wildlife Society Bulletin 29:612-623.

Purevdori, A., G. Sundev, and R. Harness. 2010. (Abstract) The assessment of high risk utility lines and conservation of globally threatened pole-nesting steppe raptors in Mongolia. P. 58 in G. Sundev, R. Watson, M. Curti, R. Yosef, E. Potapov, and M. Gilbert (eds.), Asian raptors: science and conservation for present and future: The 6th International Conference on Asian Raptors Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Mongolian Ornithological Society, and National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.



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