Tom Aversa was born in Boston and graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has a life-long obsession with birds and all aspects of the natural world. Early work experiences included stints with Massachusetts state parks, Massachusetts Audubon Society and both Boston zoos. Tom relocated to Seattle in 1996 to work as a zookeeper and environmental educator presenting birds of prey programs at Woodland Park Zoo before moving back to New England in 2010 to settle in Central Maine. His previous volunteer work includes assisting The Nature Conservancy, Washington Ornithological Society and Seattle Audubon. He has co-authored three field guides on the birds of the Pacific Northwest and currently teaches as an adjunct instructor at Unity College. He and his wife Cheryl live in Unity.