Joel grew up fascinated by the great outdoors, and got hooked on birds while earning a B.S. in Wildlife Science at Purdue University. This led him to complete an M.S. in Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University, where his thesis focused on bird-aircraft strike hazard. His 15+ years of professional experience includes ecological consulting in the Pacific Northwest, conservation planning at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and facilitating corporate conservation at Wildlife Habitat Council. He has been a birder for more than 20 years and enjoys introducing people to our feathered friends. In his spare time, he plays a leadership role in his local Audubon chapter as vice president and chair of the conservation and advocacy committee. He is a proud father, a big tennis fan, and is learning to play the guitar.