Michael got started birding when his grandpa Jack gave him his first golden field guide and a pair of binoculars at eight years old. Blue Jays and American goldfinch are still fresh in his memory from his days visiting his grandparents in Winnipeg, MB. Things got a little more serious when he attended College in Santa Barbara and his Zoology teacher Richard Armstrong introduced Michael to the concept of the “life list.” Since that semester in 1989, Michael has been traveling the world in search of new and exotic species of birds, the whole while learning more about our feathered neighbors. His current life list includes more than 950 species.
Photography came about as an organic experience when Michael came across a site that showed that identifying birds was so much easier when you have an image that won’t fly away. This prompted a purchase of a used camera and long lens from a local internet classified site. Five cameras later and a tad more experience (the early pictures prove it) and we have a website.