Mike Tyner served as Field Supervisor for our California Condor Recovery Program from 2006 through 2011 but was tragically killed by a fallen tree during a windstorm on November 30, 2011. Mike first began working with Ventana Wildlife Society biologists in 2002 studying songbirds along the Carmel River. From there Mike went on to volunteer with our California Condor Recovery Program and also completed an internship with the bird banding lab. He then worked as a biologist with our Conservation Ecology and Species Recovery Programs working on numerous projects in Central California.
Aside from working with VWS, Mike worked with the Bureau of Land Management studying rare and endangered plants in the Algodones Dunes of Southeast California, worked as a Condor Nest Technician for the Santa Barbara Zoo, and interned and volunteered with the Hi Mountain Condor Lookout Project where he first got his start with condors. Mike was a graduate of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology. Mike was a field biologist by trade and an avid birder and naturalist. He is greatly missed and will always be remembered.
Congressman Sam Farr made this statement about Mike which lives forever in the Congressional Record.
Tyner, M., L. J. Burnett, and M. M. Stake. 2013. California Condor foraging on a live California sea lion pup. Western Birds 44:151-154.