Robert Penner stands with crossed arms, looking to his left and laughing.
Robert Penner Robert Penner stands with crossed arms, looking to his left and laughing. © Nick Krug

Our People

Robert Penner, PhD

Cheyenne Bottoms and Avian Programs Manager, Kansas

Great Bend, KS

  • Area of Expertise

    Managing grasslands for shorebird habitat

Biography

Rob has been interested in birds since the age of fifteen. That interest led to degrees in Wildlife Management and Environmental Studies, both with an emphasis on ornithology. He has worked as The Nature Conservancy’s Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve Manager for 22 years, increasing habitat for migrating shorebirds and nesting grassland birds at the world-renowned wetland. He oversees avian monitoring on other Conservancy preserves across the state and is author of The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms. Currently, Rob serves as chair of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network’s United States Committee, which allows him to work on shorebird conservation issues on national and international scales. 

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