Judy has spent much of her life studying wildlife biology. Tallgrass prairies of the Midwest and flooded cypress swamps of the Mississippi Valley taught her about texture and the subtleties of light. As the founding Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, she experienced the thrill of returning an injured eagle back to the wild, watching the flash of feathers through the air. She began studying fiber arts about 25 years ago, learning to express the colors and patterns of the natural world. Now retired from the Raptor Program, she spends much of her time exploring fiber arts, including needle felting as a delightful way to play with the gifts from wooly critters to create soft sculptures.