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Mike Austin

Mike-AustinMike grew up in southwestern Ontario, Canada and has been birding since the age of seven. He lived in British Columbia for a short time while completing his medical internship, then practiced in Ontario for a short time. He moved to the Upper Texas Coast in 1978 & has lived here since.

Mike has traveled extensively in North America, building a life list over eight hundred species and around the state of Texas, with a state list over 570. More recently, he has become interested in tropical birds and has traveled to several countries in the American and southeast Asian tropics.

He has regularly participated in Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts (he is compiler of the Freeport count) since moving to Texas. He has lectured and led field trips for Houston Audubon, the Houston Outdoor Nature Club, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Galveston’s Featherfest, the Texas Ornithological Society, and the American Birding Association. He ran the North American Rare Bird Alert for the Houston Audubon Society for fourteen years and wrote a column for A.B.A.’s “Winging It” magazine during that time.

Mike has musical training in church choir as a youth & as a lead in the musical “Camelot” in college. This led naturally to an interest in bird vocalization. Currently, he is familiar with most of the songs & calls of the 700 or so regularly occurring North American birds. He also enjoys recording bird sounds.

Mike lives on two wooded acres in Friendswood in extreme northwestern Galveston County and enjoys trips to his cottage on Lake Erie near the gates of Point Pelee National Park, Ontario.

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