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The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birdsby Julie Zickefoose
Synopses & Reviews
The acclaimed scientistand#39;sand#160;encounters withand#160;individual wild birds, yielding andldquo;marvelous, mind-alteringandrdquo; (Los Angeles Times)and#160;insights and discoveries
In his modern classics One Manandrsquo;s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about hisand#160;relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl.and#160;
In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but, writes Heinrich, andldquo;some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate.andrdquo; Heinrichandrsquo;s andldquo;passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and scienceandrdquo; (New York Times)and#160;lead to fascinating questions andmdash; and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of Northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrichandrsquo;s cabin deliver the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings, and to make a related discovery about nest-cleaning. One of a clutch of redstart warbler babies fledges out of the nest from twenty feet above the ground, and lands on the grass below. It canandrsquo;t fly. What will happen next?and#160;
Heinrich andldquo;looks closely, with his trademark andlsquo;hands-and-knees scienceandrsquo; at its most engaging, [delivering] what can only be called psychological marvels of knowingandrdquo; (Boston Globe).and#160;
"Mr. Troyer, a bluebird saved from the fatal clutches of a sharp-shinned hawk, goes on to live a life of bigamy. Thus begins bird lover Zickefoose's captivating memoir. In her collection of avian stories — enlivened by her evocative line drawings — Zickefoose, a naturalist, bird painter, and songbird rehabilitator, shares her passion and curiosity for 'the zone where birds interact with people... the moment when my gaze meets a bird's — that exchange of awareness of the Ã¢Â€Â˜who' in each of us, the spark of understanding leaping from the bright bead of its eye to mine.' She takes on the care of four astonishingly tiny hummingbirds, 'hatched from eggs no bigger than black-eyed peas,' who dominate her life with feedings every 20 minutes. She rails against the extinction of ivory-billed woodpeckers and is transported by 'tanagers being tanagers, in all their unfathomable beauty and grace.' Birders will appreciate her meticulous observations and devotion to the avian world, but anyone who's ever considered hanging a birdfeeder is likely to be mesmerized by the sensuous, precise prose as well as Zickefoose's vivid portraits of scrawny, fluffy phoebe chicks, a self-possessed hummingbird perched on a clothesline, dwarfed by the surrounding clothespins, and orioles migrating by moonlight. Readers will be astounded by the drama and intelligence fluttering in their backyards. Agent: The Wiley Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Through raising and rehabilitating birds, Julie Zickefoose pulls back a curtain on their motivations, desires, and even emotions.and#160;This bookand#160;is a visual feast, lavishly illustrated withand#160;watercolors and field sketches.
A frequent commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, Julie Zickefoose has painted nature virtually all her life. At the age of seven she knew that she wanted to paint birds for a living, and her lifelong dedication shows in her paintings, which are meticulously accurate as well as beautiful. The paintings used here, of scenes from her beloved home in southern Ohio, illuminate well-crafted essays based on her daily walks and observations. Wild turkeys, coyotes, box turtles, and a bird-eating bullfrog flap, lope, and leap through her prose. She excels at describing and exploring interactions between people and animals, bringing her subjects to life in just a few lines. Her husband and young children make appearances, presenting their own challenges and pleasures. The essays are arranged by season, starting with winter, providing a sense of movement through the year.
Theand#160;acclaimed scientist/writerand#39;sand#160;captivating encounters withand#160;individual wild birds, yielding andldquo;marvelous, mind-alteringandrdquo; insights and discoveries
Gorgeous watercolor paintings show the rarely seen day-by-day development of seventeen species of North American songbird nestlings, from hatching day to full-feathered fledging
A renowned artist, author, and naturalist, David M. Carroll is exceptionally skilled at capturing nature on the page. In Self-Portrait with Turtles, he reflects on his own life, recounting the crucial moments that shaped his passions and abilities. Beginning with his first sighting of a wild turtle at age eight, Carroll describes his lifelong fascination with swamps and the creatures that inhabit them. He also traces his evolution as an artist, from the words of encouragement he received in high school to his college days in Boston to his life with his wife and family. Self-Portrait with Turtles is a remarkable memoir, a marvelous and exhilarating account of a life well lived.
If youandrsquo;ve ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julieandrsquo;s sensitive exploration of often-uncharted ornithological ground.
This beautiful book is as much an art book as it is a natural history, something readers have come to expect from Julie Zickefoose. More than 400 watercolor paintings show the breathtakingly swift development of seventeen different species of wild birds. Sixteen of those species nest on Julieand#39;s wildlife sanctuary, so she knows the birds intimately, and writes about them with authority.and#160;To create the bulk of this extraordinary work, Julie would borrow a wild nestling, draw it, then return it to its nest every day until it fledged. Some were orphans she raised by hand, giving the ultimate insiderandrsquo;s glimpse into their lives. In sparkling prose, Julie shares a lifetime of insight about bird breeding biology, growth, and cognition.and#160;
As an artist and wildlife rehabilitator, Julie possesses a unique skill set that includes sketching and painting rapidly from life as well as handling delicate hatchlings. She is uniquely positioned to create such an opus, and in fact, nothing like it has ever been attempted. Julie has many fans, and she will gain many more with this unparalleled work.
Self-Portrait with Turtles is a book in the spirit of Walden and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, but it is also unique, as David Carroll himself is. Driven by a passion for art and turtles, Carroll has lived a Walden-like life for decades, although he is married, with family. In Self -Portrait he tells the story of that remarkable life. He writes about his early encounters with turtles, which led to a lifelong fascination with them and their swampy habitats, and about the high school teacher who told him that, contrary to everything he had been taught before, art is the only thing that matters, the only thing that lasts. During his years at art school in Boston, he got to know the turtles of the Fenway, including one giant snapper he wrestled to shore and carried to his studio for a portrait session. After a brief career as a teacher, Carroll has spent decades scraping out a living as an artist and naturalist, raising three children on a shoestring with his artist wife. "We live like turtles," he has said; "we hunker down when times get hard." In a materialistic age, he and his family have gone their own way, living simply and self-sufficiently, showing that the secret of a good life is to devote yourself to what you love.
About the Author
JULIE ZICKEFOOSE began illustrating natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976.andnbsp;Since then, her writing has been featured in Bird Watcherand#39;s Digest, on NPRand#39;s All Things Considered,andnbsp;and in her book of illustrated essays Lettersandnbsp;from Eden. She lives in Ohio.
Table of Contents
EARLY YEARS The First Eight Years and#183; 3 The First Turtle and#183; 5 Companera and#183; 10 Another Spring and#183; 17 Wild Boy and#183; 25 Loss and#183; 34 Gordon and#183; 38 Mr. Moxley and Mr. Malone and#183; 39 The Beach and#183; 41 Bill and DeDe and#183; 45 Cedar Pastures and#183; 50 Walden and#183; 58 Art, Biology, Writing and#183; 61
ART SCHOOL My Room and#183; 67 The Fens and#183; 69 Girls and#183; 72 The Ark and#183; 74 Drawing, Painting, Writing and#183; 79 Laurette and#183; 84 Queensbury Street and#183; 86 Farewell to Cedar Pastures and#183; 92
MIDDLE YEARS Big Sandy Pond and#183; 97 Teaching and#183; 103 Turtles and#183; 105 The Old Johnson Farm and#183; 114 Pumpkin Hill and#183; 122 Wild Cranberries and#183; 133 Archie Carr and#183; 135
LATER YEARS Sibley and#183; 141 The Digs and#183; 143 Dudley House and#183; 146 Spotted Turtles and#183; 148 The Year of the Turtle and#183; 154 Tupper Hill and#183; 159 Return of the Native and#183; 165 The New Land and#183; 169 Ariadne Nesting and#183; 171
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