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General Meeting- Where to Find Birds in Ontario
October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Since kids, Mike and his brother Ken have been obsessed with birds and traveled across the province in search of them. He’ll share their favourite spots, strategies and stories and how they decided which would make the cut for their new book, Best Places to Bird in Ontario.
Mike grew up in the Waterloo area in southwestern Ontario and inherited his passion for natural history from his parents. He considers himself to have been very lucky to have completed an internship at Long Point Bird Observatory when he was 15; this experience opened many doors for him for jobs and for school. Since then, Mike has become involved in many aspects of birding and natural history study in the province. He currently serves as the archivist of the Ontario Bird Records Committee, coordinates eBird in Ontario, reviews Christmas Bird Count data for the province and works as a zoologist with the Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre in Peterborough. Mike is also a member of the bird specialist subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
He is considered one of Canada’s top birders and is known as an avid advocate of using eBird to record sightings. His passion about keeping records accessible to everyone has driven his support for the use of eBird. Mike, along with his brother Ken have recently authored the book “Best Places to Bird in Ontario