Mike Stewart is originally from Texas, but over the past 20 years he has lived in several states throughout the eastern U.S. He has been interested in birds since 2002 when a pair of Blue Jays nested outside his kitchen window. After retiring from the Army in 2019, he enrolled at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with plans to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville after completing his Master of Science in Biology. He lives in south Texas with his wife, Yvette, and their Green-cheeked Parakeet, Greenlee. Mike spends much of his spare time birding and trying to photograph birds, as well as banding songbirds and raptors.