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Author: Virginia Rasch
I’m a freelance writer and editor who grew up outside as a naturalist. My first report in grade school was on birding. For another one, I cut out photos from my dad’s hunting and fishing magazines and wrote about the camouflage of birds, mammals and fish. I studied biology and received my terminal degree in the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. My summer hobbies include hiking, biking, gardening, and wildlife and bird watching. In winter, I like to cross-country ski and quilt, but my favorite adventure is to strap on snowshoes and track wildlife. I’ve lived in many places across North America, from New England to southeastern British Columbia, and I currently reside in Quebec. One of my favorite quotes is this: “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~Henry David Thoreau
From fashion model to role model for the outdoor community, she dreams big and encourages others to do the same Beauty opened doors for Julie McQueen (aka Jules) during her years as a fashion model, but brains are what has made her an illustrious suc- cess in the outdoor industry. She thanks her mom for that. “When I was a little girl, my mom told me I could do anything I wanted as long as I was smart, and that’s all that mattered,” Jules recalls. “You have to be educated and you have to continue your education, whatever that means…