Phil spent his childhood in Staten Island, NY, where he was fascinated with the natural world, especially the birds that passed through his suburban backyard. In and after college, he pursued a career in natural resource management, initially in urban settings. In 2004, he took to the wilder woodlands of New Hampshire, realizing a lifelong dream and ultimately becoming NH Audubon’s Director of Land Management, a position he still holds.
In 2006, he wandered up Pack Monadnock Mountain to seek out a Golden Eagle – and met his future wife, Julie. Phil moved to the Monadnock Region the following year, enrolling at Antioch University New England, where he earned an M.S. in Conservation Biology. Soon afterward, he added the role of Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory Coordinator to his job responsibilities.
After a short stint living in the heart of the SuperSanctuary as the caretakers at Willard Pond, Phil and Julie moved to Hancock, where they enjoy exploring the outdoors with their two young children. In addition to all things birding, Phil enjoys leading field trips, seasonal outdoor activities, tending to his peach trees, drinking craft beer, and making (and eating) pizza.