Michael Coll

Preserve Manager


Mike manages our Hildacy Farm, Wawa, and Sharp’s Woods Preserves. He leads a series of bird walks in the spring and is committed to preserving and restoring native ecosystems.

Before working for Natural Lands, Mike was a professional photographer and a cabinet maker. More recently Mike has had an article published in Birding Magazine and teaches a graduate-level course on invasive species management at Temple University, Ambler. At Hildacy, Mike has installed one nest box that has become home for a pair of Screech Owls and another box that successfully fledged a brood of American Kestrels. “To me it was the culmination of successful meadow management and habitat restoration, which allowed a species in decline to increase its numbers.”

Mike has a B.F.A. from Kutztown University, and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ask Mike about: why we should all stop mowing our lawns.