Dr. Ken Levenstein is an Avian Ecologist and Project Manager based in Southern California. Ken is highly experienced in conducting pre- and post-construction environmental studies at renewable energy projects as well as mitigation compliance monitoring at facilities under construction. Ken has 15+ years of experience in all phases of environmental/ecological studies including project development and budget preparation, designing projects to meet the needs of clients, study implementation, managing complex logistics, data analysis, impact assessment, report preparation, and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies, businesses, and NGOs. Ken’s pre- and post-construction studies for renewable energy clients have included site characterization studies, baseline wildlife studies, avian use surveys, golden and bald eagle behavioral and spatial use surveys, California condor monitoring, radar migration studies, bat acoustic surveys, ground- and helicopter-based raptor nest surveys, T&E species surveys, and avian and bat fatality monitoring. While at WEST, Ken has also worked on a number of Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies (BBCSs) and Eagle Conservation Plans (ECPs).
Before joining WEST, Ken studied avian ecology all over the United States and internationally. His Master’s research was a mist-netting study in the Central American jungle of Belize. Ken’s Ph.D. research was on cooperative breeding in birds in general and the reproductive ecology of his model species for the research, the Galápagos hawk, a species endemic to the Galápagos archipelago, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Other experience includes a project detailing the reproductive ecology of Bicknell’s thrush on the mountaintops of New England; the southwestern willow flycatcher along the Lower Colorado River from the Grand Canyon to the Mexican border; marbled murrelets on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State; and a number of species in the hardwood forests of southern Indiana and the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. While completing his doctoral dissertation, Ken took time off to work for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in their effort to document the presence of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the bayous of eastern Arkansas. Following the completion of his dissertation, Ken was a University of Washington postdoctoral research associate based on the island of Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands (a U.S. Commonwealth), where he directed the field research on two critically endangered endemic birds, the Mariana Crow and the Rota bridled white-eye.