Based in Beaver River, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, John F. Kearney & Associates is committed to the social and ecological health of communities.

The company leader, John Kearney, is an environmental anthropologist with forty years of experience working in a wide diversity of community, academic, and industry settings in Canada, South America, and Asia. His publications include numerous reports, journal articles, book chapters, and a book in the field of natural resource management. He has also played a leading role in the implementation of community-based management in Canada.


In recent years the company has specialized in the environmental assessment of the impact of wind energy facilities on birds in Nova Scotia. A number of baseline studies and post-construction monitoring projects have been conducted in this new but rapidly expanding industry. We have sought to set a high standard of sound methods, consistent data collection, and rigorous analysis in order to ensure that environmental assessments protect and conserve bird populations while contributing to the development of an environmentally sustainable wind energy industry.

John F. Kearney & Associates is developing  and working with cutting edge technology to acoustically monitor the vast number of birds that pass unseen over wind energy facilities during their nocturnal migrations in the spring and autumn. Acoustic monitoring is an important methodology in the emerging field of aeroecology, and the company has initiated a number of research projects on the aerial habitats of migrating birds.

The company has also provided small grants to community-based organizations for the conservation and enhancement of bird habitat near our project areas.