Naturalist Julie Zickefoose will present a reading from and a discussion of her most recent book, “Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay”, an intimate story of how an orphaned bird can save a soul, as part of the Licking Land Trust annual speaker series, in celebration of the trust’s 30th Anniversary. A book signing and reception immediately following the reading.
Zickefoose is a naturalist, artist and writer who 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 healing, studying and raising the young blue jay for release opened the door to their world for Zickefoose. She began writing and illustrating “Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay” immediately upon becoming her foster mother. More than 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 lives and works quietly on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in the back country of Whipple, Ohio. She is a prolific writer and painter and Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. “Natural Gardening for Birds,” “Letters from Eden,” “The Bluebird Effect,” and “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest” are joined by “Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-Luck Jay,” the intimate story of how an orphaned bird can save a soul.