Mike works part time as a consultant with a DC-based environmental engineering firm. He and his wife, Susan Hirsch, live outside Shepherdstown in the Steamboat Run Community. As a hydrologist and water resources specialist, Mike has worked extensively on watershed and water quality projects in the mid-Atlantic area including the Potomac River. During his career he held positions with EPA, the National Weather Service, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Mike has also held leadership positions on the boards of DC Greenworks and the Federal Water Quality Association. His interest in birding and conservation date back to his twenties when he joined the environmental movement following Earth Day.