Meet the Team
Ken Etzel, M.S.
Eastern Sierra Project Leader
I am currently the Eastern Sierra Project Leader for Point Blue and work on a variety of projects throughout the Sierra Nevada. Much of the work I do focuses on using avian demographics as indicators of ecosystem health to help guide land managers make decisions.
My love for birds started while in college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where I received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Conservation Biology. Later, I found myself at Northern Arizona University studying the affects of a non-native crayfish on the diet and productivity of Common Black Hawks; I received a M.S. in Biology for my work there. Over the last decade, I have traveled extensively throughout the west studying bird populations ranging from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the summits of the Cascades and Sierra and nearly every ecotype in between. Throughout all the travels, I always dreamed of calling the Eastern Sierra home. This dream has been realized as I now reside in Bishop and when I'm not chasing birds you can find me chasing summits.