Mike Curtis epitomizes the qualities that many of our Trustees possess – interest in the out-of-doors and skills in the “indoors.”

Mike is a southern New Englander. He grew up in Waltham, Mass., graduated (several times, as he says) from UConn and “never left.”  He and his wife moved to Columbia a number of years ago, a town he appreciates for its nearby opportunities for hiking and birding.

Professionally, he is an engineering consultant. He spent the majority of his professional life at Fuss & O’Neill, and is now an independent consultant.

As an adolescent, he was passionate about birding, and he has now returned to that love. He has led several birding walks for the Trust, and has been known to plan his vacation time around birds.  Mike has close connections with the UConn engineering department, and is also a lecturer at Trinity College – offering him opportunities to involve students in the Trust, one of our long-term goals.

As well, Mike is that rare breed who actually enjoys asking people to give money, and is not shy about it.  He is particularly eager to work on development, as well as on anything that requires engineering expertise.  And, of course, if you are curious about the bird you just saw in the sugar maple, he’ll probably be able to help out with that, as well.