Mike has been interested in birds since he was able to lift up a pair of binoculars. He didn’t get “serious” about birds until he was 15 after he attended the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists Internship at Long Point Bird Observatory. Since then it’s been all birds, all the time. Through high school Mike spent as much time as he could volunteering at the bird observatory and started a summer job that lasted six seasons at Algonquin Provincial Park as a Park Interpreter leading hikes, children’s programs, and slide talks about topics from birds (what else!) to insects, mammals, and forest ecology. Mike went on to study biology during a Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University and then obtained a Masters of Science in Forestry degree from the University of Toronto while studying boreal bird ecology.
Since Mike finished school he’s worked for Long Point Bird Observatory, several private environmental consulting firms, the Ontario Important Bird Areas Program Coordinator with Bird Studies Canada, and is now with the Natural Heritage Information Centre (a part of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry).
For work and for play, Mike has traveled extensively across Ontario and beyond looking for birds and all other forms of nature. He maintains a personal web log documenting his adventures called the Nomadic Naturalist. In 2014, Mike helped compile a list of key birding sites for Ontario’s South Coast Birding Trail. Mike is deeply involved with the Ontario birding community having served for several years as a contributing editor for OFO News and having spent a three year term as a voting member on the OBRC, one of which was as chair. Since 2014, Mike has served as the OBRC secretary. Since 2009, Mike has volunteered in the role of Ontario eBird coordinator, giving him a chance to learn even more about the intricate patterns of abundance and distribution of Ontario’s birds. Mike is also a member of the Bird Specialist Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Mike has traveled across Canada, the USA and to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador in search of birds and loves nothing more than planning all of the details of a birding trip and sharing the experience of new birds and places with others.