For The Birds
Posted April 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized
Our Sunday with Friends speaker, Julie Zickefoose, added a special treat for bird lovers to her visit to Abingdon – a Bird Walk on the Virginia Creeper Trail. What fun to get to go on a bird walk on a beautiful trail with a nature writer and wildlife illustrator.
If you want to join us meet us at the trail head of the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon. We’ll start the walk at 8 a.m.
For those of you who don’t go on walks or want to learn more, visit the main library in Abingdon, Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m., when Zickefoose speaks. The talk is part of the “Sunday with Friends” literary series sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library.
About Julie Zickefoose
Zickefoose celebrates her new book, “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest.” Life-sized baby birds wriggle, crawl and flutter off the pages of this beautiful book, the product of 13 years of deep involvement and close observation of nesting birds. The lively writing describes the development of 17 bird species from egg to fledgling, with wonder, humor and the relentless curiosity that Zickefoose is known for.
Zickefoose started off as an illustrator of natural history subjects. A six-year stint as a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Chapter proved a strong motivator to learn more about ecosystems and to go back to drawing. Along the way, she began to write her own essays, studded with observations of birds and animals, and writing crept into the forefront of her interests.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published her first book of illustrated essays, “Letters from Eden,” in 2006. “The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds” was Oprah’s Book of the Week in April 2012. It’s an amalgam of memoir, natural history watercolor paintings and life sketches.
Zickefoose had a five-year run contributing commentaries to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered. Her natural history blog entertains around 30,000 visits per month.
Book sales and signing as well as a reception follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.
Come join us.