Kristin Baciuska

President and Co-Founder

Kristin has a diverse background in the biological sciences to include fisheries and wildlife, wetlands and plant science. Kristin has conducted several FAA approved Wildlife Hazard Assessments throughout the US and has conducted numerous airport related research studies. Kristin holds a Master’s of Science degree in Biology and has completed a FAA grant funded research project titled "Native and Naturalized Grasses Suitable for use on Airports Managed for Wildlife". Kristin has presented her research and experiences at numerous venues including the USA/Canada Bird Strike Conferences, Wildlife Damage Management Conference, and several AAAE and State Aviation Association Conferences. Kristin's research in the plant sciences has made her a valuable asset to our company in her ability to assess both vegetation and habitat on and around airports. Kristin is confident in her ability to make vegetation management and planting recommendations to airfields across the United States. In addition to her graduate work, Kristin has taken numerous continuing education credits in the wetland sciences at Rutgers University and is a certified wetland delineator as well as a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator. Kristin's previous employers include USDA Wildlife Services and several landscape architects. Kristin does not stay still for long and enjoys spending time with her two boys, skiing, hiking, camping, traveling, shooting, mountain biking, basketball, softball, fishing, gardening and playing with her boxer dog.

 

 

Cody Baciuska

Vice President and Co-Founder

Cody was the first private sector biologist qualified by the FAA to perform wildlife hazard management services to airports. Cody has conducted Wildlife Hazard Assessments, developed Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, and has conducted numerous airport related research studies. Cody has provided wildlife hazard mitigation for some of the largest airports in the United States; including John F. Kennedy International Airport, Nashville International Airport and LaGuardia International Airport. In addition to being a FAA qualified Airport Wildlife Biologist, Cody is a member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association, the Wildlife Society and is the current president of the NYS Wildlife Management Association. In addition, Cody is a certified National Rifle Association firearms instructor. Cody's interests include gardening, bird watching, cooking, shooting, hunting and camping.

Shawn Ferdinand

Director of Field Operations

Airport Wildlife Biologist Shawn Ferdinand achieved a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he was an active member of the universities geology club. From there, Shawn obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Wildlife Management at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. While attending Cobleskill, Shawn was an active member of the campus chapter of The Wildlife Society and vice-president of the campus chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Shawn has maintained active membership to both clubs outside of college. Shawn has field experience with banding birds and conducting point count surveys. Prior to working at Loomacres Inc, Shawn worked for the NYSDEC, where he created educational materials on non-lead ammunition to be used in sportsman education courses. Shawn also drafted rare species accounts to contribute the Species of Greatest Conservation Need list. As part of the Loomacres team Shawn has gained airport wildlife management experience. Shawn is an avid outdoors man, enjoying birding, camping, fishing and hunting.

Mat Natali

Airport Wildlife Biologist

Mat Natali obtained a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, where he was active with the university's Birding and Ornithology Club. Before joining Loomacres, Mat worked as a field technician conducting bird and bat mortality surveys on Pennsylvania wind farms. Other field work includes nest monitoring and conducting point-count surveys in mature deciduous forest. Mat also gained experience in animal husbandry and handling birds as a volunteer and intern at the National Aviary. Over the years, Mat has honed his skills of identifying birds by sight and sound. As part of the Loomacres team, Mat has become familiar with airport security procedures and driving on airports, as well as adept in training airport personnel on Bird Identification and Wildlife Hazard Management. Mat also enjoys hockey, hiking, birding, reading, and playing the piano poorly.

   

Darren Johnson

Wildlife/BASH Biologist

Utah native Darren Johnson, a BASH biologist at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, mitigates bird and mammal strikes to protect personnel and equipment. He previously worked for the USDA safeguarding threatened and endangered species in Northern California and preventing air strikes at Point Mugu, a Navy base surrounded by wetlands.  Darren managed animals including waterfowl, moose, bear and fox at Anchorage International Airport as a wildlife hazard mitigation technician.
Darren received his Bachelors degree in Wildlife Resources from Utah State University with a focus in animal damage management. He spent the majority of his youth hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and waterskiing in the Utah Mountains, which cultivated his interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management. In his spare time he takes his wife ballroom dancing, plays piano and takes his kids to the lake.

 

Michael J. Grant

Lead Wildlife & BASH Biologist/Supervising Manager

Michael J. Grant currently supervises Loomacres Wildlife Management operations in the United Kingdom.   With his team, he conducts wildlife mitigation efforts utilizing falconry as a tactic.  He has been instrumental in the introduction of several new techniques for mitigation adding them to currently used methods, in the UK.  Due to the team effort, there has been a significant reduction in bird’s numbers, and incidents, at the site locations.  Michael earned his associate’s degree at Salt Lake Community College, focusing on Animal and Veterinary Sciences, in 2007.  He continued his education at Utah State University in the College of Natural Resources, earning a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science.  While attending college Michael assisted in setting up a renewable energy process, using algae, under the direction of the Space Dynamic Lab.  Additionally, he was an active member of the USU Wildlife Society, volunteered for the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources using telemetry to track fauns, and at deer check stations, participated in the Christmas bird counts, and excelled at wildlife law.  Michael worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, conducting vegetation studies on invasive grasses, effects of herbicides, and habitat manipulation.  Prior to employment with Loomacres Michael worked as an Environmental Inspector in the energy field.  While there he ensured compliance with local, state, and federal laws, conducted nest surveys, utilized avian deterrents, and monitored wildlife on the project.  Michael has been a licensed falconer since 2001, and is currently a Master Class falconer.  He has varied experience in the mechanical field, which enables him to create and utilize multiple trapping techniques.  Michael has experience in pesticide application and herbicides.  Michael’s hobbies include woodworking, jewelry making, gardening, cooking, fishing, and shooting.

 

Jesse Warner

Wildlife Biologist

A native of northern New York State, Jesse Warner was raised in the outdoors while hunting and fishing along the Eastern Shore of Lake Ontario. Using his knowledge of the outdoors, Jesse pursued a career in Wildlife Management, which was kicked off by studying towards a Wildlife Science degree from Paul Smith’s College, where he was President of the school’s Fish and Game Club. After leaving college in 2012, Jesse began working for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation as a wildlife technician surveying bird and furbearer populations between Lake Ontario and the Adirondack Mountains. Taking off a season from the DEC to work as a fisheries technician in Idaho, Jesse returned to the empire state to continue his work with the DEC, surveying and banding water and upland birds, while also continuing to survey Fisher populations in the Adirondacks. With Loomacres, Jesse is continuing to survey wildlife while becoming familiar with Airport Wildlife Management techniques and procedures. Favorite hobbies include: Hunting, fishing, making game calls, archery and bird watching.

 

Clayton Faidley

Wildlife Biologist

A native of Virginia, Clayton is a wildlife biologist at Tulsa International Airport and Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before joining Loomacres in early 2017, Clayton worked with the USDA Wildlife Services in Maryland as a wildlife technician at two airports in the Baltimore area. His education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in biological sciences from Radford University in 2008. In 2015, Clayton completed his Masters of Science in biological sciences with a focus in wildlife biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His M.S. focused on the herpetofauna in a bottomland hardwood forest in Louisiana. Since graduating from Radford, he has worked from Pennsylvania to Georgia to Wyoming conducting herpetological, mammalian, avian, and vegetation surveys for projects ranging from gas pipeline expansions, endangered species monitoring and protection, as well as university research projects. His hobbies include hunting, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and gem and fossil hunting.