The Sibley’s Under the Wood Stove

Why David Allen Sibley‘s wonderful 2000 The Sibley Guide to Birds is under the wood stove is not a long story.  It was in the trunk of my car, and the trunk leaked.  Perhaps the interesting part about this situation is that both my husband and I rushed to dry out the Sibley, but we […]

Letters from Eden Feeds the Eye and Soul

 For the past five weeks I have been haunting the Clyde Shepherd Nature Center in metro Atlanta, sometimes with my artists’ group, once with my husband, and several times on my own.  During one of those early visits, a Great Blue Heron caught two blue gills.  The sight of this Ichabod Crane of a bird with a […]

The Bluebird Effect–Part Two

In Part One, I introduced Julie Zickefoose, writer and artist, whose new book The Bluebird Effect is now one of my favorites. In this earlier installment, I discussed Zickefoose’s rescue of a starving Turkey Vulture and mothering infant hummingbirds to fledglings. Zickefoose saves her most poignant chapters for last, as discussed below. Julie Zickefoose saves […]

The Bluebird Effect–Part One

Julie Zickefoose‘s husband is an editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a magazine I have enjoyed for several years and which I  give to friends who enjoy birdwatching.  Julie has written articles for the digest and has contributed many paintings and drawings to it.  When I read that she had recently published The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with […]