Upcoming Program: Baby Birds

2010 was a good year for these four-day-old bluebird nestlings to grow and fledge.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 26, as we welcome noted Ohio author and artist Julie Zickefoose for her presentation: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest

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 her talk, Julie will share 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.

Julie Zickefoose is the author and illustrator of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. Awakening readers to the astonishing things birds think and do is her job. She writes and paints from Indigo Hill, an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio.

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Conservation spotlight and announcements.

7:30 – 9:00 pm: Main program, door prizes

This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).