Published on July 14, 2017

An Artist Shares Her Bird's Eye View

mockingbird nest

Out of sheer necessity, baby birds are not easily spotted. And if they are it’s usually because the parent has chosen to nest close to a building, inside a hanging basket, or because someone has a very fancy camera lens.

Most young songbirds don’t stay nestlings for very long. Because they can be noisy and attractive to predators, the sooner young birds fledge, hang out in trees with the folks learning to fly and forage, the better off they are.

Artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose has had the pleasure of observing many young birds up close— thirteen years, in fact. This extensive experience has given her some fascinating stories to tell. And because she’s an artist, she has created more than 400 colorful paintings of 17 species of birds she watched from egg to fledgling. This work along with her naturalist’s knowledge of bird life are contained in her latest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest.

On Friday, July 14 from 7-8 p.m., Julie will share both her baby bird experiences as well as how she goes about capturing the lovely drawings and paintings that fill her latest book. Register now.