Baby Birds

An Artist Looks into the Nest

Author: Julie Zickefoose

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544207777

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julie’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 Julie's wildlife sanctuary, so she knows the birds intimately, and writes about them with authority. 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 insider’s glimpse into their lives. In sparkling prose, Julie shares a lifetime of insight about bird breeding biology, growth, and cognition. 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.
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Ospreys

The Revival of a Global Raptor

Author: Alan F. Poole

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421427168

Category: Science

Page: 220

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Ospreys are one of the few bird species that are found throughout the world. From forests in Hokkaido to rivers in Oregon and islands off Australia, Ospreys steal the show as nature lovers easily watch them build their massive nests and tend to their young. The fact that the Osprey is one of the few large birds that can hover adds to its mystique, and to watch it plunge into the water, emerging with a fish clutched in its talons, is truly a sight one will remember. As widespread as Ospreys are, not long ago they were under threat of extinction. During the 1950s and '60s, scientists tied the decline of Osprey populations to the heavy use of DDT and other human pollutants. In the 1980s, Ospreys began a slow recovery due to the efforts of conservationists and through the resilience of the adaptable raptors themselves. Today they are again considered common in most parts of the world, although some populations remain threatened. In this gorgeously illustrated book, Alan F. Poole, one of America's premier Osprey experts, has written a lyrical exposé of these majestic creatures, describing their daily habits and exploring their relationship with the environment. Ospreys celebrates the species' miraculous recovery from contaminants and hunters, chronicles their spectacular long-distance migrations, and unveils their vital role in bringing life to coastal habitats. Few other birds have such a hold on the human imagination. This book shows us why.
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Letters From Eden

A Year at Home, in the Woods

Author: Julie Zickefoose

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547527837

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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At the age of seven, Julie Zickefoose 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 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.
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Sound of Snow Falling

Author: Maggie Umber

Publisher: 2dcloud

ISBN: 9781937541149

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 104

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A paint and paper documentary, observing great horned owls in their natural habitat. ”Mesmerizing is the only word that works to describe Maggie Umber’s new graphic novelSound of Snow Falling. Well, "enchanting” works too. As in nature, the more you look, the more you see. A third viewing reveals story lines I’d missed in the first two. Umber’s minimalist paintings manage to convey, in three colors, the beauty, ferocity, devotion, and sheer heart of a pair of great horned owls bringing three chicks into the world. I’m taken by the economy of line and rightness of gesture in these deceptively simple paintings."--Julie Zickefoose, author & illustrator ofBaby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest,The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, andLetters from Eden: A Year at Home, In the Woods ”Umber beautifully uses comic form to take the reader through intimate movements in nature"--Aidan Koch, author ofAfter Nothing Comes "Maggie Umber’s work is simultaneously a breathless, quiet stretch and an enormous, orchestral voice. I don’t know anyone else who can create such volume through silence."--Sarah Ferrick, author ofYours Sound of Snow Falling is a graphic novel done in a poetic documentary mode. In this unique work, the reader becomes a voyeur of the natural world, following a great horned owl family through the dead of winter. Extensively researched and expressively painted,Sound of Snow Falling is a triumph of the comics form. Maggie Umber is a cartoonist and associate publisher at 2dcloud.Sound of Snow Falling is her second graphic novella.
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Unboxed

Engagements in Social Space

Author: Jen Budney,Adrian Blackwell

Publisher: YYZ Books

ISBN: 9781896183138

Category: Architecture

Page: 132

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"Unboxed : engagements in social space is a collection of critical essays about and by artists who work between and across the borders of art, architecture and performance. This collection is loosely based upon a lecture series that Gallery 101 and Carleton University School of Architecture co-hosted throughout the fall and winter of 2002-2003."--Page 11.
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Nests

Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them

Author: N.A

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452126658

Category: Photography

Page: 120

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Sharon Beals' gorgeous photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. Drawn from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, these birds' nests from around the world offer astonishing insight into the intricate detail wrought by nature's most fastidious architects. Lovely images of nests and eggs are set against rich black backgrounds, and are accompanied by fascinating and informative portraits—conveyed through words and illustrations—of the birds that built them. A beautiful volume, Nests is the perfect gift for birders, bird lovers, and anyone captivated by the fleeting and fascinating splendor of the natural world.
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