Bio: Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Letters from Eden and The Bluebird Effect, is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Because she believes birds to be the most vibrant vessels for the life force, painting baby birds as they grow has been her favorite project to date. Her new book is Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016). Julie loves to encourage people to watch birds more closely and carefully, speaking and leading trips at a number of festivals around the country. She now leads natural history excursions abroad with Holbrook Travel. She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio.