Friday, September 29, at 7:00
Julie Zickefoose presents “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest”
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 4:00
J.R. Ripley presents a reading from his Bird Lovers Mystery Series: Die, Die Birdie
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
Scott Weidensaul presents “Project SNOWstorm”
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
Carrie Barron presents “Birds of Prey”
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.