Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas Avian Programs Manager for The Nature Conservancy
Robert Penner Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas Avian Programs Manager for The Nature Conservancy © Nick Krug

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Robert Penner

Cheyenne Bottoms and Avian Programs Manager, Kansas

Great Bend, KS

  • Area of Expertise

    Managing grasslands for shorebird habitat

Biography

Robert 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 since 1996, increasing habitat for migrating shorebirds and nesting grassland birds at the world-renowned wetland. He oversees avian monitoring on other TNC preserves across the state and is author of The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms.

Currently, Robert 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. 

He co-authored an article about the American Golden-Plover with Monica Iglecia of Manomet.

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Crazy about birds Robert Penner discusses how his lifetime love of birds started.

Articles

  • American golden-plover standing in short, brown grass

    American Golden-Plover: Connecting the World

    Each year around Earth Day, the prairies in eastern Kansas come alive with flocks of stunning, gold-flecked shorebirds. Read more