Michael is an internationally recognized field ornithologist and is a popular leader during the festival. A past participant in the World Series of Birding, Michael's claim to fame would be that he was the only non-Canadian on the Canadian team KOWA. His scouting for team KOWA gave them an edge that resulted in their winning both the Urner Stone Cup and E.S. Stearns Trophy in the 1994 World Series of Birding. An author of several books on birds, we always welcome Michael back to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival where his scouting talents and patience always pay off.