Julie has been birding for over 25 years. She has birded in many parts of the US as well as Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Trinidad& Tobago. She has led birding trips for Columbus Audubon, OOS, Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Wild Birds Unlimited Westerville, along with Touch the Earth Adventures. She has a degree in graphic design from Purdue University. She is currently the president of the Ohio Ornithological Society, a statewide birding organization with over 600 members. She works part-time at Wild Birds Unlimited in Westerville, OH where she also lives. She is an active hiker, kayaker, and fiber artist.