Leader Profile: Roan

Judy Roan
Field Trip Leader

"Audubon has been a major factor in who I am and how I view the world around me," Judy comments. Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, Judy earned a BS in medical technology at the University of Washington in 1966. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Micronesia where she saw her first exotic species, Fairy Tern and Magnificent Frigatebird.

Her interest in Northwest species was rekindled when she worked in Corvallis, Oregon. "I found a whole flock of beautiful birds right on my front lawn," she recalls.  Even though the birds turned out to be winter-plumage starlings, that was enough to inspire her to sign up for field trips with the local Audubon chapter. Judy returned to Seattle in 1978 and worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center until her recent retirement.

In 1982 she joined Seattle Audubon and later graduated from the Master Birder program. "I have recorded 81 species of birds in my yard on Mercer Island and regularly have18 species, including a Merlin!" she exclaims. 

Profile by Sharon Sneddon, Associate Editor