Michael Skinner is the Executive Director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit environmental education and research arm of Balsam Mountain Preserve. He is responsible for directing the natural and cultural resource management, environmental education programs and scientific research at Balsam. Before coming to Balsam, Michael was the Emmy nominated host of “Georgia Outdoors” on Georgia Public Television.
He is the former staff photographer and photo editor for Game and Fish Publications in Marietta, GA., a 31 – magazine publishing company covering hunting, fishing and related sports activities throughout the United States. In this position he was responsible for field location photography, soliciting photographs from free-lance photographers, assigning free-lancers region-specific photo requirements, choosing photos to be used in monthly publications, keeping records,etc. Michael is an experienced field ecologist, naturalist, nature photographer, environmental educator, taxidermist and musician.
His career track has taken him to zoos (Lincoln Park, Central Texas Zoo and Zoo Atlanta); nature centers (Chattahoochee in Atlanta); museums (Fernbank in Atlanta and Strecker at Baylor University, where he was also an instructor in the biology program) and has afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively in the U. S. and abroad. Michael holds a B.A. degree in Wildlife Management from Southern Illinois University.