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. Her book 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 or enthusiast.
Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Letters of Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Natural Gardening for Birds is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher's Digest. Julie loves to introduce people to birdwatching, speaking at a number of festivals around the country, and now leads natural history excursions abroad. 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. She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio, and is now at work on a book about a remarkable wild Blue Jay named Jemima.
This event is offered in partnership with Chattahoochee Nature Center and is featured as part of Atlanta Audubon's Atlanta Bird Fest 2018. For more information about Atlanta Bird Fest and other events, please visit www.atlantaaudubon.org/atlanta-bird-fest.