Kevin Wenner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State in 1999, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a minor in Forestry.
While at Penn State, Kevin worked for the PSU Cooperative Wetlands Center and was involved with PA’s reintroduction of river otters and fishers. Kevin conducted monitoring surveys after releases to determine presence of released furbearers. Kevin also participated in a multi-year study of the Louisiana waterthrush as a stream quality indicator, mist-netting and banding songbirds for the study. Kevin gained additional experience conducting studies of stream salamander species and the affects of acid mine drainage on their populations.
Upon graduation Kevin joined the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a wildlife biologist implementing the PA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in three southeast PA counties. Kevin prepared wildlife management plans for private landowners and provided technical assistance to private landowners for the restoration of critical habitats for grassland and riparian dependent species for four and a half years before accepting a position with the PA Game Commission as the NE Region Wildlife Diversity Biologist. In his capacity as the regional wildlife diversity biologist Kevin assisted private landowners with habitat management for species of concern on their properties and guided them in considering conservation easements to protect these critical habitats. In May 2008 Kevin was promoted to the position of regional wildlife management supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northeast Region, where is responsible for directing and coordinating all wildlife management programs within the region including population monitoring of birds and mammals, habitat evaluations, wildlife health issues, harvest management, and public/private landowner technical assistance.