Mike M. Stake


  • Project Design and Administration
  • Endangered Species Monitoring
  • Population Ecology
  • Habitat Assessment
  • Powerline and Wind Energy Effects on Birds
  • Bat Monitoring


  • M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Missouri 2003
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska 1991


  • Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ventana Wildlife Society,  Salinas, CA 2009-Present
  • Avian Biologist, Hawks Aloft,  Albuquerque, NM  2003-2009
  • The Nature Conservancy,  Fort Hood, TX 1993-2001
    • Avian Biologist 1998-2001
    • Field Assistant 1993-1997


  • USGS Federal Bird Banding Permit, Master #22518


Mike earned a Master’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri in 2003 and has 22 years of avian research and monitoring experience  in 6 countries.  His research and monitoring experience  includes forest songbirds and waterfowl in Missouri; endangered Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked  Warblers in Texas;  riparian songbirds; and tropical studies of wintering warblers, manakins, and obligate ant-following birds. During his years with The Nature Conservancy, he used  time-lapse video cameras to identify  fire ants and rat snakes as the major nest predators of Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers, respectively.  After leaving The Nature Conservancy and earning his Master’s Degree, Mike  managed avian monitoring projects with Hawks Aloft,Inc.,  a non-profit organization in Albuquerque, New  Mexico.  There, Mike developed population studies of Gray Vireo, a New Mexico state-threatened species,  and conducted surveys for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher  (presence-absence), Mountain Plover (distance  sampling), Purple Martin (nesting), and riparian dependent species (point counts). Mike served on the planning committee of the New Mexico Avian Protection Working Group, a coalition of power companies and organizations dedicated to reducing avian power line collisions and electrocutions.  At Ventana Wildlife Society, Mike managed  the bird banding lab at Andrew Molera State Park, evaluated  bird flight diverters on power lines at San Luis National Wildlife  Refuge Complex, studied the impact of  wildfire and sudden oak death on Spotted Owls in the Los Padres National Forest, and conducted  riparian and grassland  monitoring at Santa Lucia Conservancy.

Contact Mike M. Stake

Ventana Wildlife Society
Senior Wildlife Biologist, Conservation Ecology
19045 Portola Drive, Suite F1
Salinas, California  93908
Phone: (831) 455-9514


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fresno County, California
  • Kings County, California
  • Madera County, California
  • Mariposa County, California
  • Merced County, California
  • Monterey County, California
  • San Benito County, California
  • Stanislaus County, California
  • Tulare County, California
  • Tuolumne County, California

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