A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Julie Zickefoose, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, has always been a good storyteller, but her entertaining collection of bird rescue stories in The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds is worthy of the increased attention it is getting. As the only local person willing to take injured birds into her Ohio home, she has often been called upon to raise orphans or rehabilitate songbirds who have been attacked by cats or run into picture windows. She has cooked gruel and diced mealworms for her patients while raising her own children. Most of the birds have either been released or died in her care. A few that could not be returned to the wild became members of her family.
Each chapter of The Bluebird Effect focuses on a different bird species and may recount several cases. Most focus on the behavior of the birds and how she was able to work with them. A few chapters near the end question human actions that harm birds, sometimes sending patients her way.
I want to point out that Zickefoose is also an artist whose drawings and water color portraits of birds illustrate all of her books. Her beautiful books would be great to own.
Review by Rick