Michael Mahoney

Avian Ecologist

At Point Blue, I work in the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station. I assist in training our early career bird banders and work to maintain our long-term bird banding data set.

I grew up outside Chicago, Illinois and received my B.S. in Ecology in Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. There, I spent my time coming into myself as a naturalist, working as an outdoor trip leader for university students, and assisting on a variety of field projects in Jordan Karubian’s lab. After graduating, I hopped out to Susanville, California on an internship for the Chicago Botanic Garden, and stuck around out west after taking an internship at Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station as a winter bird bander.

I am excited about monitoring ecosystems using birds as indicators especially when it comes to seeing how they respond to disturbance, management, and process-based restoration. When I’m not monitoring bird populations or singing the wonders of beavers, you can find me checking out the flowers, swimming, soaking up the sun, or eating food with friends!