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Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien is an author, artist, naturalist, and leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours living in Cape May, New Jersey. He has a passionate interest in bird vocalizations and field identification, and a serious addiction to migration and nocturnal birding. His travels have taken him throughout North and Central America and beyond. At home in Cape May, Michael serves as an Associate Naturalist with Cape May Bird Observatory for whom he conducts numerous workshops, and, for many years, conducted a fall songbird migration count. He is co-author of The Shorebird GuideFlight Calls of Migratory Birds, and America’s 100 Most Wanted Birds, and is primary author of Larkwire, an app for learning bird sounds. His illustrations have been widely published including in National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America and the newer Peterson field guides. Michael also has an intense interest in butterflies and has led numerous “Birds & Butterflies” tours with his wife, Louise Zemaitis.

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