About Mike Lanzone

Mike started birding when he was 8, and has worked as a field ornithologist for various state, federal, and private organizations across the United States and Mexico. Recently he was the Assistant Coordinator for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas and the Biotechnology and Biomonitoring Lab Supervisor stationed at Powdermill, the biological research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

In the spring of 2011 he was awarded the Conservation Award from the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology for the work done on eastern Golden Eagles. Currently, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Tracking Technologies in Somerset, PA. His major foci include Golden Eagle flight behavior and telemetry and nocturnal monitoring of birds using flight calls. A lot of his work recently has focused on advances in the application of bioacoustics to the monitoring of geographically remote breeding populations of songbirds in North America and, hopefully, around the world.

When he isn’t working he spends much of his time outside birding, photography and gardening. In addition to serving on several board of directors for NGOs, Mike currently serves on the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee and is the vice president for Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology.

Posts by Mike Lanzone:

Eastern Meadowlark - Leica APO-Televid/handheld (Mike Lanzone)

iPhone 5s- Camera and digiscoping

The iPhone 5s shipped with a 8 megapixel camera, like last year’s iPhone 5. We hoped it would be something more on the order of 13 megapixels like some of…

Virginia Rail, Somerset County PA. (Mike Lanzone)

Virginia Rails- up close and personal

Throughout the year we get many rails and herons in the wetland in our yard, but seldom do we ever get to observe them at point blank range. The last…

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Review: iPhone 5s – video magic

There is nothing that does a better job telling a story than great videos of your birding adventures. But as we all know there is a huge difference between the…

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Review: iPhone 5s – new digiscoping champion

Every year, Apple releases a new iPhone and one of the great features of their phone is the excellent and always improving camera. It was probably when the iPhone 4…

Mike Lanzone, Bob Fogg, and John Puschock scan the ocean! (Photo by Andy McGann)

NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip, part 2

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for…

An adult Sooty Tern flying close past the boat on our first day out. This species breeds in the tropics and wanders north over the ocean during the late summer. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Terns, jaegers, and gulls of the Gulf Stream

August in the Gulf Stream off North Carolina is usually thought of by birders as the ultimate time to try for the rarer Pterodroma species, such as Black-capped Petrels, Band-rumped Storm-Petrels,…

Black-capped Petrel offshore North Carolina (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Black-capped Petrel – Variation in Plumage

One of the most iconic birds of summertime in the Gulf Stream is the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), and with two days aboard the Stormy Petrel II off the coast…

Black Skimmer putting a show on for the group, it was just several meters in front of the group passing back and forth showing a juv. skimmer how to skim! 
Photo by Mike Lanzone

NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip – Part 1

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for…

Eagles come by very close to the watch site, this is what makes the Allegheny Front a great place to see Golden Eagles in the fall!!
Photo by Malcolm Harter

PSO Field Trip – Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, 11 Nov 2012

Nemesisbird’s Mike Lanzone and Alex Lamoreaux along with Chad Kaufman helped lead a field trip offered by The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology to the  Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Sunday Nov…


LIVE @ Allegheny Front Hawkwatch

Nemesis Bird– LIVE From the Allegheny Front Hawkwatch Live coverage by Mike and Alex at The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s field trip to Allegheny Front. To get an automatic notification…


Pterodroma petrel – possibly Herald Petrel

A Pterodroma petrel was recently taken to Centre Wildlife Care in State College PA. Joe Verica posted some photos online and as soon as I saw them I got a…

Cooper's Hawk Hot on the tail of another Belted Kingfisher

An Unlikely Target- Cooper’s Hawks -VS- kingfishers

A few mornings ago I was birding my normal route along Somerset Lake in Somerset County, PA. Raptors were plentiful and I had a hard time counting and watching the…