Ashley started birding at age 12 when her birding Dad (Marshal Byle), took her on the first of their annual trips to Point Pelee. She learned to drive on Pelee Island, and later continued to go to Point Pelee with her husband and one time with a wee three-week old baby in tow.
Ashley is an active Bruce County birder, who has attended many years of this Birding Festival.
Other than birding, she likes to sing, play the piano, loves running and fitness, and enjoys reading and doing puzzles. Her favourite sports team is, of course, the Blue Jays.