2019 Wings Over Water Keynote Speaker - Julie Zickefoose
Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of, Letters from Eden and The Bluebird Effect, is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest.
Because she believes birds to be the most vibrant vessels for the life force, painting baby birds as they grow has been her favorite project to date. Her latest book is, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016). Saving Jemima, about a blue jay she raised and released in 2017, is due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 10, 2019.
Julie loves to encourage people to watch birds more closely and carefully. She speaks and leads trips at a number of nature festivals around the country. And, she now leads natural history excursions to Latin America and Africa with Holbrook Travel. Julie lives on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio.
The keynote talk will be about blue jays! It will be the book talk for Julie's latest book, Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay.
Saving a sick, orphaned nestling blue jay opened the door to their world for the author of
Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay. You'll never look at these boisterous, clever birds the same way after meeting Jemima in this hour-long talk. You may want to study them yourself!
Life sized baby birds wriggle, crawl and flutter off the pages of this big, beautiful book, the product of 13 years' deep involvement and close observation of nestling birds. Julie's paintings break new ground in both art and ornithology, for such depiction of nestling growth in day-by-day paintings from life has never before been done. Baby Birds describes the development of 17 bird species from egg to fledging, giving insights that could only come from direct observation. Expect lively writing, laced with humor, wonder and the relentless curiosity for which Julie Zickefoose is known.
The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, is about what happens when, by virtue of having helped one or raised one, you are taken for a few magic days, weeks, or months into a wild bird's confidence. You never know how or when that might happen. The book has grown from forty years of working with, studying, drawing and helping birds; trying to fix them when they're broken and mothering them when they're orphaned. Lavishly illustrated with 320 of the author's color paintings, life sketches and drawings, The Bluebird Effect is a visual delight.
October 15 thru 20, 2019 (main session) and December 6 thru 8, 2019 (WOW Encore session)
There are few more satisfying things in life than having great birdwatching in your own backyard. Julie Zickefoose shows you how to lay out the welcome mat for birds, step-by-step, with tips on providing water, food and shelter. Natural Gardening for Birds, has the best flowering and fruiting plants for birds, the best shrubs and trees for shelter and food. Create a hummingbird garden, plan a water feature, bring in some dead snags; let a corner of your property run wild—then watch your yard list take off. You'll find all the inspiration and information you need in this handy book
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival