Pilot Biologist Thom Lewis Killed in Tragic Accident
Pilot biologist Thom Lewis was lost on June 23, 2011 in a fatal aircraft accident. Thom worked as a pilot biologist for the Migratory Bird Program, and had been involved for the past nine years in the May Breeding Population and Habitat Surveys that are documented via the pilot biologist reports found on this website. Thom and his instructor were conducting early morning instructional flights on Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida.
Thom grew up and attended high school in Maryland where he became an avid outdoorsman. Thom attended Anne Arundel Community College, University of Maryland, and most recently Texas A & M University where he was a M.S. Candidate working with Whooping Cranes. Since 1992, Thom was the Refuge Biologist at St. Vincent NWR in the Florida panhandle until he joined the Division of Migratory Bird Management as a pilot biologist in 2007. He had a great passion for his work, detailed in his final flight log from just a few weeks ago.