Who We Are

Who We Are

Jeff Seay, B.A. (Senior Ecologist 2)

Jeff Seay, B.A. (Senior Ecologist 2)

Phone: 
559.476.3165
Email: 
Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
San Joaquin Valley

Jeff Seay is a wildlife ecologist and ornithologist, with 30 years of experience identifying birds in California. In addition to his expertise on birds, Jeff has extensive knowledge of other wildlife found in the Central Valley of California, including mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and he is knowledgeable about the distribution and habitat requirements of those species protected by the State and federal governments.

Prior to joining H. T. Harvey & Associates, Jeff conducted nearly 4 years of spotted owl research in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Range, and Klamath Mountains in California, collecting data on the owl’s habitat use, home range, reproductive success, and mortality rate. He also has experience conducting censuses for, attaching radio collars to, and performing telemetry tracking for marbled murrelets on land and at sea on the North Coast of California. He is particularly dedicated to understanding the effects on waterbirds of agricultural drain water containing high concentrations of selenium, work he has been a part of for almost 20 years.

Jeff has designed measures to decrease bird use at contaminated sites and designed mitigation measures for birds affected by such sites. His additional work includes:

  • Censuses of birds in a variety of habitats, including montane forests, riparian woodlands, oak woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, deserts, marshes, and pelagic habitats
  • Swainson’s hawk nest surveys according to the protocol drafted by the Swainson’s Hawk Technical Advisory Committee and recommended by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Monitoring Swainson’s hawk nests located adjacent to Pacific Gas and Electric Company solar installations
  • Contributing to the biological resources sections of more than 500 environmental impact reports and to smaller biotic assessments
  • Biweekly and weekly monitoring of bird use in more than 1000 acres of agricultural evaporation basins and 500 acres of associated mitigation wetlands in the San Joaquin Valley, monitoring that has continued for more than 16 years

Jeff received a B.A. degree in biology from California State University, Fresno.