I’m Michael McCloy, a lifelong birder, conservationist, and photographer. My work and passion in ecology and ornithology has taken me to 49 US states as well as to the Caribbean, South and Central America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. I'm currently based out of College Station, Texas where I'm in my third year of the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD program at Texas A&M University.
I'm originally from the Sandhills region of North Carolina, where I got my introduction to nature and ecology amidst the hyper-diverse longleaf pine ecosystem. Birds in particular sparked my interest from the get-go, and from the age of five I was tagging along with my dad to the outings of the local bird club. As time progressed I became obsessed with this new interest and began to keep detailed lists of birds I would see on daily local outings. This morphed into involvement with the Carolina Bird Club, where I would later serve on the board as a Regional Vice President, serve a three-year term on the North Carolina Bird Records Committee, and volunteer as an eBird Regional Reviewer for several regions in North America and Asia.
After graduating from Western Carolina University in 2014 I was involved with several seasonal research projects and subsequently lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area while working as an ecologist for an environmental consulting firm. I spent much of 2017 working for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colorado with their IMBCR (Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions) program before embarking upon some extended international travel and subsequently moving to Texas. Visit my Research page to explore some of my ongoing work, and future directions!
In my free time I'm usually birding, working on the Texas Century Club challenge, or training for my next endurance/ultraendurance race.