Mike became fascinated by environmental connections and water when he discovered a creek not far from his home in Iowa at the age of eight. Brewers Creek had no housing in sight and held all manner of insect life, fish and crayfish and supported a variety of birds, foxes, and infinite imaginedadventures. He later discovered White Fox Creek on the other side of town, which was full of smallmouth bass enabled by cool springs and forested cover. Thus began a lifetime of fishing, mostly catch and release since the bass were feisty but small.
Mike currently volunteers as Board Chair for the Bow River Basin Council. He moved to Alberta in 1979, and lives with his wife and son in Cochrane, Alberta, overlooking the Bow River.