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Apr
02

ANAMAR Environmental Consulting Announces: Michelle E. Rau as President and Chief Executive Officer

Gainesville, Florida, April 2, 2019 – ANAMAR Environmental, a woman-owned small business (WOSB) offering a variety of environmental services to government, industry, and private enterprises, announced today that Michelle Rau has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Kathryn Thomas, who has been acting CEO for the last 17 months, will move into a business development role and Ross Thomas, who has been ANAMAR’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will move into the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Michelle Rau has been an integral part of ANAMAR’s success since 2002 and will be applying her first-hand knowledge and collaborative skills to her role as CEO and President. “I am honored to serve as ANAMAR’s CEO and excited to continue learning from my experience and to building my knowledge to better expand services for our clients.” Michelle holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. As CEO of ANAMAR, she will continue delivering excellent service to clients, building partnerships, and working as a senior project manager.

Ross Thomas has been acting as ANAMAR’s CFO since November 2017 and will take over Ms. Rau’s former position of COO. Prior to his role as CFO, Ross came from serving on active duty as a Naval Officer flying maritime strike helicopters. During his time in the Navy, Ross gained significant experience in process improvement and risk management. As COO, he will continue improving procedures for the organization, including financial matters, technology, and contract management. Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in National Security Policy and Business Administration from Georgetown University and the University of Florida, respectively.

Kathryn Thomas will shift from CEO to Vice President of Business Development. Since starting with ANAMAR in November 2017, Kathryn has seen the need for matching the best person to the job and feels that Michelle will better serve ANAMAR as CEO. “I am proud of the work I achieved during my time as CEO, and I am excited for the future. Michelle has been part of ANAMAR for 17 years. She has seen the company grow and has been in close contact with our clients since 2002.  She is the best person for the job." Being able to focus on business development will empower Kathryn with time to apply her skills collaborating with private businesses and governmental agencies.

“ANAMAR has built a strong reputation for performing high quality environmental compliance work and has become nationally recognized for its key services related to dredge material testing, management, and monitoring. The shift in job titles will not change the important work we do," stated Nadia Lombardero, founder of ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.

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Mar
07

Bird vs. Reflective Window Tint: A Two-Year Experiment Exploring Methods to Break the Cycle of Bird Collisions with Reflective Windows

Introduction:

(Written in October of 2017)

Bird v. Reflective Window

It was a regular morning, just like every other morning in the office, until THUD--a bird flew into my office window.  Disoriented, the bird flapped its wings trying to get a grasp on what had just happened, only to find itself unable to orient.  Exhausted and stunned, the bird gave up and lay on its side under the nearest shrub.  I could see that its pulse was rapid, so I knew it was still alive.  Knowing there wasn’t much I could do, I decided to just keep my eye on it from a distance.  Within minutes, I began to hear the call of another bird.  Sure enough, two young birds swooped in to check on the disoriented bird.  After about 15 minutes, I went back outside to check on the bird and noticed that it’s breathing appeared to have significantly slowed and I began to wonder if it was still alive. I decided to investigate within a little closer proximity. 

This is when I became aware of the critical situation happening with birds and my office windows.  Upon approaching the shrubbery beneath the office windows, I noticed other bird carcasses in different stages of decomposition, all appeared to have died intact and in close proximity to the office’s reflective windows.  At this moment, all of the mysterious window thuds I had heard throughout the years began to make sense.  I thought to myself, there is a problem here, something is attracting these birds.

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bird 2

I decided to do some research as to why birds fly into windows.  I wanted to do something to prevent more bird injuries.  It didn’t take much research to learn that reflective glass confuses birds by showing them a reflection of the landscape, thus fooling them into thinking they are flying into a natural setting rather than into a piece of mirrored glass.  This made perfect sense to me, so now I needed to find a way to interfere with the reflections so birds would be less likely to fall victim to this deception.  I found information on reflective prey-bird decals and other methods claiming to be the solution to the ‘bird flying into the window’ phenomenon, but for a more immediate fix, I decided to tape a sheet of white copy paper to each of the office windows where the bird carcasses were found.

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I decided to keep checking the shrubs for more carcasses, but remained hopeful that this method would help eliminate the bird fatalities by breaking up the reflective illusion in the glass. 

Updates:

(Later that day)

The bird that hit the window managed to fly away.

(One week later)

I ordered hawk decals from a company called Window Alert and positioned the decals on either side of the white copy paper I displayed the previous week.  

bird 5

Conclusion:

I am pleased to report that it has now been two years since the reflective prey-bird decals and white copy paper were hung in the windows and I haven’t observed one bird/window collision or noticed any bird carcasses in the shrubs.  I think it would be fair to conclude that either the white paper or the reflective prey-bird decals or a combination of both have served as a reliable way to help deter birds from flying into our reflective windows.

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Nov
10

Press Release: ANAMAR Environmental Consulting Grows Staff

New Owners Bring Fresh Management Perspectives

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We are pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2017, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc. welcomed Kathryn M. Thomas, Michelle E. Rau, and Ross J. Thomas to its management team.

Kathryn most recently founded Yoga 4 Change, a not-for-profit corporation, after 7 years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy where she served as a Naval Aviator. With Kathryn’s leadership, vision, and keen understanding for the needs of disabled veterans like herself, Yoga 4 Change served over 20,000 individuals in 2016. As ANAMAR’s new Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn will be applying her first-hand knowledge and skill collaborating with private and governmental agencies.

Michelle has been an integral part of ANAMAR’s success since 2002 and is expanding her role as the incoming Chief Operating Officer. Michelle holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an M.S.  in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. As ANAMAR’s COO, Michelle will continue delivering excellent service as client liaison, staff supervisor, and senior project manager.

Ross recently left active duty after serving 10 years as a Naval Officer flying maritime helicopters. During his time in the Navy, he gained significant experience in process improvement and risk management. Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in National Security Policy and Business Administration from Georgetown University and the University of Florida. He is joining the ANAMAR team as Chief Financial Officer.

ANAMAR has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality environmental compliance work and has become nationally recognized for its key services related to dredged material testing, management, and monitoring. The new management and ownership team will enable us to expand our services while maintaining the high level of excellence our clients have come to expect.
Nadia Lombardero, Founder.

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