Julie Sootin


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Julie Sootin

Why I’m passionate about Bedford Audubon:

I’m a huge nature lover. My favorite hour of every week is a trail run at Cranberry Lake Preserve that I’ve probably completed over 100 times. For me, it is almost impossible to be in a bad mood when I’m in the woods. I’m relatively new to birding, having just put my first feeders out about three years ago, but having my coffee while watching the birds has become a treasured morning ritual

More about me:

Originally from the Boston area, I now live in Pleasantville, on the Armonk border, with my husband and children. As the mother of two pre-teen boys, it is a constant struggle to get them to step away from their screens and engage with the natural world. We have lots of pets and we love to raise monarch and swallowtail caterpillars in the summer. Nothing is more magical than watching a monarch caterpillar transform from an upside-down J-shaped black and yellow striped caterpillar to a gorgeous green chrysalid complete with a gold crown, in a matter of minutes. I have spent my career working in the nonprofit sector and am thrilled to bring my experience to serving on the board of Bedford Audubon.

My favorite bird is the:

In terms of feeder visitors, I would say the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. But overall? It would have to be the mighty turkey vulture. Such a fascinating and unappreciated bird, the turkey vulture may not be much to look at up close, but it plays a vital role in our ecosystem. If you’ve never been awed by watching a group of vultures soaring over an open field on a hot summer day, you need to get outside more.

Ask me about:

Sustainable nonprofits, obstacle course races, backyard chickens