Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series featuring Julie Zickefoose: Jan. 20th at 6PM @ The Tropic Cinema

Julie Zickefoose is an acclaimed author and illustrator of several nature-oriented books, most recently Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay, which chronicles her experience rehabilitating an injured Blue Jay. She lives and works quietly on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in the backcountry of Whipple, Ohio. Admission to the lectures is free. The talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:40 on a first come, first served basis.

Zickefoose thinks of herself as an unsung, minor, rather dirty superhero. Her superpower? Saving small, economically worthless wildlife that would otherwise die. An orphaned jay named Jemima was one such foundling. Spending nearly a year with the bird, Zickefoose raised the young Blue Jay for eventual release. She began writing and illustrating Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay immediately upon becoming the bird’s foster mother. Beyond being a wildlife rehab story, it’s the story of life, love and dealing with great loss; of finding grace and redemption in bonding with a wild bird. “Zickefoose’s engaging portrayal of Jemima is a great read. Beyond setting the record straight about the misunderstood role of imprinting, it is a work of love and passion for living and an appreciation of the natural world through the ambassador of a charismatic Blue Jay,” wrote Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven. Her earlier book Baby Birds, chronicles the daily development of 17 species from hatching to fledging in pencil and watercolor, something no one has ever done before. The book was the result of 13 years of serendipitous encounters with nesting birds. Her home base, an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio, is the wellspring of study and observation. Her home, ringed by hummingbird and butterfly gardens, is like a large blind, from which she becomes acquainted with birds, box turtles, bats, bobcats, and bugs. Leaving no creature unidentified is a potent way to connect with nature. Julie enjoys sharing her passion and curiosity wherever she goes.

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