It’s hard to believe that two years ago the world started dealing with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that is still lingering as we enter 2022. The way we travel, eat at restaurants, conduct business has all changed dramatically, even our kids schooling, sports, and social lives have altered all with the one thing in mind and that is safety! Airports around the world and especially here in the United States have been meeting and planning for potentially another shut down. With new stains of C-19 (Delta Variant, Omicron) spreading and a huge spike in positive test results we could be in for stricter travel mandates, or even travel bans to help prevent the spread of this virus.
In late 2019 the FAA granted Airport Wildlife Biologist and privately owned companies like Loomacres Wildlife Management temporary approval to conduct WHMP Reviews and P-139 Airport Wildlife Hazard Training and Identification courses virtually. By utilizing platforms like zoom, join me and Microsoft teams required Airport Personnel have been able to meet the annual requirements for Wildlife Hazard Management Training.
When the pandemic first hit and shutdown was in place as well as the travel ban, we noticed several airports put training on the back burning, rightfully so. However, as the ban started to slowly lift and airports were in need of fulfilling their Wildlife Training requirements virtual training took off. After a year of refining our curriculum and material here are some of the reasons Airports have chosen to do their P-139 Wildlife Hazard Training as well as their Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Review online rather than in person.
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Every year airline companies in the U.S. as well airports and aviation companies are paying billions of dollars due to wildlife strikes! Building a plane isn’t cheap and repairing a plane after it collides with an animal like a deer or goose isn’t like fixing a car headlight. There have been several recent high profile newsworthy events of wildlife strikes. Former Vice President Mike Pence and Airforce 2 making an emergency landing due to a bird strike, and the most famous or memorable was the US Airways Flight 1549 landing on the Hudson River after colliding with Geese. This was notorious and important for several reasons. One it made Captain Sully Sullenberger a legend and very wealthy, two Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his performance in Sully but third and most important for the Wildlife Management industry and for every airport in the world, it showed that a bird strike can happen anywhere anytime. Now some bird strikes are going to happen no matter what, however many of collisions can be prevented by having an up to date and well executed Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and outsourcing to professionals like Loomacres Wildlife Management. (Learn More Click Here)
The FAA has always addressed the importance of wildlife collisions being prevented by airports. Certain policies, procedures and regulations are mandatory for airports to comply with to ensure safety for airlines, and passengers. Below are a few mandatory items that must be implemented or complied with for airports that are classified under the FAA Title 14 Part 139.337 (e) & (f).
These are just a few examples of what the FAA has instituted for all airports that fall under the classification of Title 14 Part 139. These policies and regulations are in place to keep airport managers accountable and proactive in preventing wildlife strikes with aircrafts because at the end of the day it’s the Airport Manager who is liable and responsible for safe take off and landings. Information is key to preventing future risks and collisions. All wildlife strikes should be reported and logged in the FAA Strike Database. For more information or to schedule a WHA, WHMP Review, or Wildlife Hazard Management Training please fill out the field below.
Every year the FAA requires commercial airport staff and personnel to fulfill the training requirements for an airport wildlife biologist conducting wildlife hazard assessments under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 139 and FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-36A. In non-technical terms the FAA mandates that required airport staff complete an 8-hour training class on wildlife hazard management and wildlife identification. After completing this course annually your airport staff will receive the necessary certificates of completion. When selecting a company to train your staff here are 5 -things to look for when choosing your P-139 Wildlife Training vendor.
1) Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Review: Having a qualified airport wildlife biologist evaluate and update your WHMP benefits both the airport manager and the airport staff. Your vendor should be requesting a copy of your WHMP to review and find any changes or updates that need to be made or suggestions on action items that need more attention.
2) Customized Training Curriculum: Often our new clients outsource their training to us at Loomacres Wildlife Management because their current vendor has been teaching the same topics the same way for years. Choosing a vendor that customizes their curriculum and training seminar based on your airports WHMP, strike history for the past 10 years, and new hazards and wildlife attractants that may be outside the airport fences is crucial. Let’s be honest, your staff will like this too and benefit greatly.
3) Virtual Training Options: With Covid-19 changing everything, the FAA granted certain companies to perform Part 139 Airport Wildlife Trainings virtually to ensure the safety of everyone. Over the past 18 months virtually training has been an adjustment but extremely efficient. This also comes in handy when a new hire starts and needs to attend a training to become certified and trained for wildlife hazard management duties on your airport. It is also a luxury to complete your training from the comfort of your office, home, or airport conference room.
4) Firearm & Pyrotechnic Safety Training: Having an NRA Certified instructor provide your staff with onsite (Local Gun Range) firearm training is important on a few levels. Having peace of mind that your staff is trained on how to properly handle a firearm, accuracy training, and safety should be on the top of your list. This also goes for training your staff on how to properly use pyrotechnics in the field by having your instructor do live onsite demonstrations.
5) Advanced Airport Management & BASH Training: These multi day courses that are in person with airport staff and airport managers from all over the country will focus on advanced wildlife management techniques for airports. This class is broken up into classroom seminars, Q&A with industry experts, and extensive hands-on training for the following topics.
At Loomacres Wildlife Management our Airport Certified Wildlife Biologist that provide our clients with virtual or in person training classes pride themselves on the above-mentioned items you should be looking for when selecting a vendor. We believe our training and training staff is the most up to date and advanced training in the industry. Don’t believe us? Click Here to see what our clients have said. If you would like to speak with a biologist or to learn more about our training program, please fill out the contact fields below or click on the link to our website.
Ok homeowners, with the world seemingly divided on just about every major issue there is one thing we can all agree upon and that is our hatred for squirrels, and they are annoying! There I said it. With winter upon us for most of the country the time where squirrels seek shelter from the elements and to begin their nesting phase like a pregnant woman nearing her delivery date. Now I am sure we all remember the iconic squirrel in the Christmas tree scene of Christmas Vacation that plays on repeat during this holiday season and yes that is a possibility but here are four tips to help prevent any unwanted winter guests in your attic and home.
1. Check Exterior: No better time then checking the exterior of your home when its cold outside and you’re hanging holiday lights. If you fear heights, we don’t recommend this, but it should be done. Check for holes in your roof, siding, or access in your chimney vents where squirrels, birds, and other critters could possibly enter your home. If a point of entry is found simple DIY exclusion work should help or contact an expert (Click here for expert)
2. Remove Food: If you have bird feeders or feeding stations for wildlife in your back yard this is for you. Watching birds feed in the winter or waking up to deer, rabbits and other wildlife on a winter morning is an absolute welcome sight and yes everyone and everything needs to eat! However careful what you wish for. If you store your seed or feed in your garage or shed, chances are something is coming for it. Try keeping it in a storage container outside and sealed with a brick or cinder block on it to help weigh it down. Click here for Image
3. Trapping: This may not be for everyone, but it is highly effective and can be fun. There are various types of traps from lethal to non-lethal that can rid your property of squirrels. We highly recommend Comstock Custom Traps. As a specious overall they really aren’t that hard to trap especially for beginners. However, we advise you to contact your state regulations on either daily amounts or removal and replacement regulations. Click here for Traps
4. Hunting: Which ever side of the aisle you are on when it comes to hunting it doesn’t matter because hunters serve a significant purpose when it comes to population control and effectiveness. Typically, animals like squirrels invade homes because they have run out of natural resources in their own habitat and have no other choice. By thinning out a dense population of squirrels in an area you are preventing a future issue. We recommend reviewing your state and local regulations to make sure no laws are broken but this is a quick way to solve any issue.
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In the industry of wildlife management or wildlife control or wildlife removal, whatever you want to call it, the phones have not stopped ringing lately! This could be contributed to several factors but as we as a race continue to put our human thumb print on this country with land development, forestry, industrial expansion, and rising populations we are literally giving wildlife no where to go other than to live amongst us. Its not uncommon to see deer, geese, turkeys, coyotes, etc. living in suburban neighborhoods that used to be a wood lot or wetland. So, as we expand and continue to develop this problem grows and grows and grows. With fall arriving so does hunting and trapping season for active sportsmen. However lately due to the lack of access to land the sport has been in a rapid downward spiral even with a spike last season in license sales with many Americans not working due to Covid -19.
Here is a list of reasons everyone should thank a hunter/trapper or better yet give them permission to access your property because without them the following would be much worse.
In the history of hunting and trapping many sportsmen fight the battle of either animal lovers harassing them while they hunt or new laws and regulations making it harder and more expensive to get out there but there are many reasons why if you are a property owner you should reexamine why you don’t allow hunting or trapping on your property! These are just a few of the many reasons you should not only allow it but be thankful for a sport that is heavily declining due to lack of access. So, the next time someone knocks on your door asking for permission to provide food for his family or help control the numbers of overpopulated wildlife, give it a second thought before you slam the door.
With the fall migration of Canada Geese either just starting in some states or just about to kick off it is important to educate yourself on some the options you have with dealing with these hazardous flocks of birds. First off why are they hazardous? Simply put they wreak havoc on farm fields, damage golf courses, pollute HOA retention ponds and common area, parks and most importantly air travel safety! It’s one thing to deal with a resident flock of geese that nests, eats, and lives in a small area that you can depredate when needed or haze to keep them moving but when the fall migration starts, and thousands of Geese come through all at once they can leave quite a mess and be extremely hazardous. Here are a few methods we use at Loomacres Wildlife Management to fight the battle of migratory geese from setting up shop in places they are not welcome.
Whenever our certified Airport Wildlife Biologist implement a technique to deal with either nuisance resident Geese or a flock of Migratory Geese we factor in several variables and take into consideration of the overall goal defined by our clients. We have found over the years the use of multiple techniques implemented in each case is results in the most effective outcome. If you are having issues and would like a FREE CONSULTATION or to chat with one of our staff members please CLICK HERE and fill out the contact form and someone will reach out to you and we will be glad to help.
Recently we at Loomacres Wildlife Management have been flooded with all sorts of calls and online requests for wildlife removal help. In Phoenix, AZ for example we have been at war with pigeons taking over people’s attics, their roof tops, and decimating yards and sidewalks with feces. In New Jersey and New York, we have had several nuisance geese issues on golf courses, town parks, and of course residential areas. The list keeps going and going but we do not mind as long as its what we do which is Wildlife Removal not Pest Control. Though they are similar in many ways there is a few big differences you should know before you reach out to a pest control company or a Wildlife Removal or Wildlife Management company like Loomacres.
Pest control is defined by the process of preventing or managing any unwanted animal from invading your home or place of business. Pest Control typically uses spray techniques and chemical repellents or deterrents to keep pest or unwanted creatures away. Many pest control cases include dealing with insects, mice, rats, roaches, bats in the attic, etc. from taking residence in your home. So, if you are having trouble with bees, ants, or small rodents give your local pest control guy a call.
Wildlife Removal or Wildlife Management is simply using techniques and equipment like trapping or depredation to remove an animal that has become a nuisance by either causing a threat to humans, pets, agriculture, or livestock. Most cases when dealing with a nuisance animal a depredation or removal permit is needed in which we will obtain from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
These nuisance animals typically are causing damage to crop fields or gardens, property structures like barns and sheds, or other animals. An example of this would be if you had a nuisance fox, coyote, raccoon, bear, mountain lion etc. that was eating your chickens, or your cattle and needed to be removed. Nuisance Geese that are over grazing in your yard or in your local park. We have worked with multiple municipalities when a deer herd is out of control and causing vehicle accidents and damage to residential property. One very popular service lately is crow management or crow hazing which for some cities in the U.S. is out of control (Click Here For Full Story)
I am sure you can see the difference now. Wildlife Removal is a growing need especially in growing cities and suburbs. As we continue to develop land and continue to minimize wildlife habitat, more and more cases of nuisance wildlife will occur. If you are currently having issues with Nuisance Wildlife that needs to be removed or managed please CLICK HERE and fill out our contact form and someone will reach out to you shortly.
Over the last two years with Covid 19 pandemic changing the way people conduct business by streamlining workflows, virtual meetings, at home offices, reduced travel, etc. the Wildlife Management industry is no different. Conferences where Airport Wildlife Biologist meet and share information as well as vendors demonstrate new products and techniques have been either cancelled or held on Zoom. The FAA even granted us special privileges to conduct their required 8-hour Wildlife Hazard Management and Wildlife Identification training course online to help keep Airport Wildlife personnel in compliance and up to speed.
But one of the biggest changes in the Wildlife Management world is the new E-Permit site launched by the USFWS (Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service) designed to be more efficient and simplify anyone applying for a permit to help balance any species or plants that might be getting out of hand or in the wrong place of residency. I mean it all sounds good, especially in todays tech world where everything can be bought or applied for online, but how is their process?
We at Loomacres Wildlife Management did a little experiment with one of our employees to see how easy and efficient it is to apply for a simple depredation permit. What we found was creating an account was time consuming and over complicated, navigating the site however was easy because its super basic, but the most glaring issue was the lack of information on what permits you need to solve your problem. Applying for a permit through the USFWS site you better know your stuff before hand because there is not a lot or any guidance. Oh, and if you have a question, yes you are contacting the Federal Government.
For someone new or not used to applying for a permit, good luck! You are better off reaching out to a professional and letting them handle everything for you so you stay in compliance with federal and state laws and obtain the correct permit. For more information or for assistance in applying for your wildlife permits please CLICK HERE and fill out the contact form and one of Wildlife Biologists will be in touch shortly.
Seems like every week something new is being released to the public replacing the way we used to do things. In this ever so demanding world for new technology nearly every industry or profession has gone through an upgrade in recent years. Airport wildlife control is no different. Lately we have been utilizing new methods and new equipment to not only better serve our clients but also become more efficient in the field. Let us look at a few tools we have implemented that have really improved our ability to manage wildlife on airports.
Infrared Cameras and Scopes – A lot of wildlife activity occurs during the night. The use of infrared equipment allows our Airport Wildlife Biologists as well as tower personnel to scan the airfield before the arrival or departure of planes. This also is a huge aid when doing surveys required for Wildlife Hazard Assessments. The ability to see the animal’s activity on or near the airfield at night is a game changer.
Cellular Game Cameras – Game cameras or trail cameras have been around for years! They keep evolving and now most cameras can send pictures directly to your phone in real time. Knowing when and what species of wildlife is entering the airfield and tracking their activity in real time allows our staff to react and execute mitigation strategies more thoroughly.
Drones – Using drones in the field is both fun and efficient. Drones used to be a complete headache and nuisance to some airports but now they serve a purpose in wildlife control. We use drones to harass wildlife like deer, coyotes, geese, and foxes. Being able to chase after them with a drone from anywhere on the airfield makes it faster and more efficient. Its also great for hazing raptors and other birds that pose as a hazard. Drones also are a huge advantage for arial surveys of potential habitat attractants outside of the airfield which allows our staff to make real time changes to potential hazards.
Avian Radar Systems – This technology that is used by the USAF, NASA and airports worldwide to detect and monitor hazardous bird activity on and around airfields for bird-aircraft strike hazard management. This is extremely useful during waterfowl migration season especially at night or at dawn and dusk when visibility is low. By seeing flocks of birds on the radar system before they fly over or near the airfield this reduces the risk of a bird strike immensely.
Its crazy to compare technology from ten to twenty years ago and the use of it in our daily tasks. For more information or if you have an interesting technique for managing wildlife, please CLICK HERE and contact us and we would be glad to share notes.
For the fifth year in a row Phoenix Arizona is the fastest growing city in The United States. A huge boom in the local economy, great housing opportunities and of course the weather makes this a destination for many. But as houses keep being built and the city limits expanding so is a growing problem that everyone is complaining about. Nuisance Pigeons in Phoenix. They are literally everywhere and causing lots of headaches for residents, business owners, etc. The pigeons are so bad that the City of Phoenix implemented a no feeding ban in July of 2019 to try and slow down the problem. (Full Story Click Here)
Pigeon’s feces have a high rate of acidity which causes a 50% increase rate of roof decay and vehicle paint removal. If they decide to nest in your attic their nests and feces can cause structural damage and even be considered a fire hazard. It is hard to believe these peaceful and docile birds can be such a nuisance, but they truly can make for an expensive mess if not taken care of properly.
Here are 4 tips that we at Loomacres Wildlife Management have used to prevent pigeons and other birds from hanging around your property.
1) Bird Spikes – Installing bird spikes on your roof or fence is a decent way to prevent pigeons and other unwanted birds from perching or hanging around your property.
2) Owl Decoy – By hanging an owl decoy on your fence line or on your roof, you are creating a predator presence that will detour pigeons from hanging around. We recommend relocating it to avoid birds from catching on.
3) Seal Your Home- Make sure all access points like vents, chimneys, air ducts are sealed and well maintained. This will prevent birds from having the ability to nest inside your home.
4) Noise Makers – The use of predator sounds through a speaker, the occasional firework or pyrotechnic, even a cap gun might scare off unwanted pigeons from your yard or roof.
Sometimes an expert need to be involved or sometimes the problem is too big to handle yourself. If none of this works and you are still having a problem with nuisance birds, Click Here and fill out a contact form and one of our nuisance wildlife staff members will contact you shortly.