Birding-a pursuit that can lead you across continents, or offer insights closer to home. In El Refugio, Michael Ivkov tells how his own interest in the avian world began with a chance excursion and grew into a passion. The story he tells is rich in both precise observation and unexpected poetry. Well before you reach Ivkov's final page, you will be swept up in the humor, the honesty, and the ambition of the first stages of his life as a birder.
Michael J. Ivkov was born in Manhattan in 1997. He attended St. Bernard's School and Trinity School. He became interested in birds in the middle school under the guidance of Peter Joost. He still lives in New York City and vacations in Central Park. If you look carefully enough, you can spot Michael in the North Woods almost every week.