Friday, September 29, at 3:00 p.m.
Jesse Fagan book signing: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America Location: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s booth (J3)
Friday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Julie Zickefoose presents “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest” Location: Presentation area at Expo Center
Julie Zickefoose is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. While speaking and leading trips at festivals around the country, she loves to encourage people to watch wildlife more closely and carefully. Artist, writer, and naturalist, Julie is the author of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest, with more than 500 watercolor studies of the development of nestling birds.
Why and how do baby songbirds develop so quickly, some launching into flight only 11 days after hatching? In 2002, Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day by day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, Julie would document the daily changes in 17 bird species from hatching to fledging. Baby Birds is the enchanting result, with more than 500 life studies that hop, crawl and flutter through its pages. In this talk, Julie shares her influences as well as her artistic process, a must-see for the aspiring natural history artist. Art and science blend in every Zickefoose pursuit, as the scientist’s relentless curiosity joins the artist’s quest for beauty. The work, wonder, and fun of studying nestlings, including being foster mother to orphaned hummingbirds, chimney swifts, and bluebirds, makes for an irresistible and highly inspirational presentation.
Saturday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m.
Steve Shunk book signing: Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America
Location: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s booth (J3)
Steve Shunk is a hopeless woodpecker fanatic based in central Oregon’s Woodpecker Wonderland, where 11 woodpecker species breed each year (half the extant woodpeckers in North America!). After several years of field studies and extensive woodpecker research, Steve wrote his first book, the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America (2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers). From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention. Their astonishing anatomy makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone ecological roles in our forests and woodlands
The astonishing anatomy of woodpeckers makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone ecological roles in our forests and woodlands makes them some of the most important birds on the continent. This comprehensive and authoritative guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species goes far beyond identification. It explores their unique anatomy and their fascinating and often comical behaviors; it covers each species’ North American conservation status; and it showcases over 250 stunning photographs of woodpeckers in their natural habitats, plus easy-to-read figures and range maps. This reference guide is an essential addition to every birder’s library.
Saturday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m.
J.R. Ripley presents a reading from his Bird Lover’s Mystery Series: Die, Die Birdie Location: Presentation area at Expo Center
J.R. Ripley is a critically acclaimed novelist, musician, and avid birder. He currently pens the popular A Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, the Maggie Miller Mysteries, and the Kitty Karlyle gourmet pet chef mysteries (written as Marie Celine). Visit JRRipley.net for more information or visit JR on Facebook at Facebook.com/JRRipley.
For Amy Sims, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!
Saturday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m.
Scott Weidensaul presents “Project SNOWstorm” Location: Presentation area at Expo Center
Author and researcher Scott Weidensaul of Pennsylvania will share the story of Project SNOWstorm — how a huge, collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters.
Project SNOWstorm uses cutting-edge tracking technology to study snowy owls, and is a founder of the Critical Connections project, which is tracking the migration of birds that breed on National Park lands in Alaska. Weidensaul is also part of a continental effort to understand the rapid evolution, by several species of western hummingbirds, of a new migratory route and wintering range in the East.
Scott Weidensaul has lived almost all of his life among the long ridges and endless valleys of eastern Pennsylvania, in the heart of the central Appalachians, a landscape that has defined much of his work. He has written more than two dozen books, including his widely acclaimed Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds (North Point 1999), which was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.
Sunday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m.
Carrie Barron presents “Birds of Prey” Location: Presentation area at Expo Center
Join Carrie Barron, Assistant Director of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, as she introduces you to the exciting world of Birds of Prey. Learn about amazing adaptations that make them the top predators of the sky. She will be bringing both a non-releasable Eastern Screech and a Great Horned Owl for an up-close experience.
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