Mihail Iliev is a field ecologist with long term experience in many Balkan countries. He is a long-standing member and volunteer of BSPB and for the past 13 years has part of the BSPB staff personnel. He currently works as Conservation and Monitoring Officer. He is leading on the national monitoring and conservation activities on the Red-breasted Goose in Bulgaria and field activities in NE Bulgaria. He has practical experience of field surveys and monitoring beyond Bulgaria, including field experience from North Macedonia, Turkey and Kazakhstan. He has started a PhD on Red-breasted Goose migration ecology, and has been a very passionate birdwatcher since childhood.