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Rick Baxter, Wildlife Biologist

Rick Baxter

Wildlife Biologist

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559-920-4676 (MT)

Payson, UT


  • Sage Grouse
  • Desert Tortoise
  • Section 7 Consultation (Biological Assessments and Biological Opinions)
  • Range/habitat assessment and improvements
  • Technical writing


  • Bachelors of Science, Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University
  • Masters of Science, Wildlife and Range Resources, Brigham Young University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University

Professional Memberships

  • The Wildlife Society
  • The Society for Range Management

Professional Publications

Baxter, R.J.; Bunnell, K.D.; Flinders, J.T.; Mitchell D.L. 2009. Impacts of predation on Greater sage-grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah. Transactions of    North American Wildlife.

Baxter, R.J.; Flinders, J. T.; Mitchell, D.L. 2008. Survival, Movements, and Reproduction of Translocated Greater Sage-Grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah. Journal of Wildlife Management 72(1): 179-186.

Baxter, R.J.; Flinders, J.T., Whiting, D.G., Mitchell, D.L. 2009. Factors affecting nest-site selection and nest success of translocated greater sage grouse. Wildlife Research 36:479-487.


Rick finished his PhD in December 2007. His doctoral dissertation dealt with translocating greater sage grouse into a declining population in Utah. After completing his PhD, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management for more than a year in Caliente, NV. There he worked on EIS- and EA-level projects that included coal-fired power plants, major and minor power line transmission systems, ground water development projects, state and county road reconstruction, rail lines, watershed assessments, wilderness plans, fuels reduction projects, wildlife water developments, and many others. He has worked with greater sage grouse, desert tortoise, red fox, ravens, and some fish. He has designed and implemented wildlife habitat improvement projects.

Rick has performed wildlife and habitat surveys for management indicator species, state sensitive species, and threatened and endangered species. He has been a key member of a sage grouse local working group in Utah. Rick began with TEAMS in 2009, and is eager to work with many new wildlife species and his new colleagues.

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