Wildlife Damage Management
Tom Seamans is a Certified Wildlife Biologist for the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) Sandusky, OH, Field Station. He started there in 1987 focusing on blackbird management in corn and assisting in the development of alpha-chloralose as a bird capture tool. Since 1991 he has worked primarily on reducing wildlife hazards to aviation. This work has focused on habitat management at airports to reduce the attraction of wildlife to these areas. Additionally, he has worked on a wide variety of techniques to repel wildlife from areas in which they are causing conflicts.
Birds, wildlife hazards to aviation, bird capture, assessment of wildlife control products
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
All species posing significant threats to aviation, especially gulls, waterfowl, blackbirds, deer
Enhancement of pyrotechnics, earthworm repellents, overhead grids as a bird deterrent, cliff swallow nesting deterrent
Products/Techniques Developed or Tested
Blackwell B.F., Seamans T.W., Schmidt P.M., De Vault T.L., Belant J.L., Whittingham M.J., Martin J.A. and E. Fernández-Juricic. 2013. A framework for managing airport grasslands and birds amidst conflicting priorities. Ibis 155:189-193.
DeVault, T.L., M.J. Begier, J.L. Belant, B.F. Blackwell, R.A. Dolbeer, J.A. Martin, T.W. Seamans, and B.E. Washburn. 2013. Rethinking airport land-cover paradigms: agriculture, grass, and wildlife hazards. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(1): 10-15.
Hartmann, J.W., S.F. Beckerman, T.W. Seamans, R.M. Engeman, and S. Beazley. 2013. Report to the City of Chicago on conflicts with ring-billed gulls and the 2012 integrated ring-billed gull damage management project. Chicago, USDA, Wildlife Services.
Homan, H.J., J.T. LeJeune, D.L. Pearl, T.W. Seamans, A.A. Slowik, M.R. Morasch, and G.M. Linz. 2013. Use of dairies by postreproductive flocks of European starlings. Journal of Dairy Science 96(7): 4487-4493. doi: 10.3168/jds.2013-6712.
Schmidt, J.A., B.E. Washburn, T.L. DeVault, T.W. Seamans, and P.M. Schmidt. 2013. Do native warm-season grasslands near airports increase bird strike hazards? American Midland Naturalist 170(1): 144-157. doi: 10.1674/0003-0031-170.1.144.
NWRC Research Project: New Technologies to Deter Wildlife from Airports and Aircraft
Last Modified: November 26, 2013