Allison’s love of nature began early; in kindergarten, she couldn’t wait for recess so she could run to the creek and look for salamanders and crayfish. In 1994, she started a business that didn’t leave much time to pursue her interest in nature, but always carried binoculars and field guides in her car in case the opportunity presented itself. Allison sold her business in 2013 and was thrilled to be able to spend much of her time birding, hiking and learning as much as she could about nature. In that time, she’s become a Virginia Master Naturalist, an Audubon At Home Ambassador and her home was certified as an Audubon at Home wildlife habitat and a Monarch Waystation. Allison also leads bird and nature walks in Loudoun County and really enjoys finding ways to engage people in nature and the amazing things happening around us every day.