Michael grew up in south Louisiana, spending his time exploring the bayous, swamps, marshes, beaches and forests. An abiding appreciation of all nature has continued throughout life. In the mid-2000’s, he found birding and became a dedicated and restless birder. Since then, and, with the tutelage and encouragement from many great people in the birding community he has become an accomplished birder and advocate for birds and nature.
In 2015 he moved to Brevard, NC, a small community in the mountains west of Asheville. Enamored with the vastness of the national and state forests that are immediately accessible, he spends time birding everyday and volunteers for bird projects at every opportunity. He compiles the Transylvania County Spring Bird Count, the Brevard Christmas Bird Count and regularly leads walks with the Transylvania County Bird Club. He is delighted to live in an area where he’ll be exploring for the rest of his life.