Michael Runtz

Michael RuntzMichael Runtz has been an avid birdwatcher since the age of five, and has worked as an interpretive naturalist in Algonquin Provincial and Point Pelee National parks, conducted numerous biological surveys and inventories across Ontario on subjects ranging from endangered species (such as King Rails, Peregrine Falcons, and Red Knots) to dragonflies and butterflies. As team captain or member, Michael has won numerous birding competitions including the Taverner Cup (twice), the Carden Challenge, and the Kingston Roundup. Michael was a founding director of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club in Arnprior, of which he is still president.

Michael has published 11 books about natural history and currently teaches Natural History and Ornithology courses at Ottawa's Carleton University.