Two individuals sketching a raptor.

Sketch a Bird with Julie Zickefoose

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Library Hall
A free 1.5-hour sketch-a-bird workshop taught by Yamp Valley Crane Festival guest artist and author Julie Zickefoose

The feathered models for the morning will be chosen from HawkQuest’s line-up of live raptors that includes Red-tailed, Swainson’s, Ferruginous, and Rough-legged hawks, plus an owl, a Bald Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon and a Harris Hawk. The session also includes Colorado Parks and Wildlife's taxidermy Sandhill Cranes. Sketching supplies provided by the library and Steamboat Art Museum. All ages are welcome to take part in this free workshop that begins in Library Hall, and will likely include time sketching outdoors.

About the Teacher

Julie Zickefoose

Julie Zickefoose started off as an illustrator of natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. A six-year stint as a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Chapter proved a strong motivator both to learn more about ecosystems and to go back to drawing. Along the way, she began to write her own essays, studded with observations of birds and animals, and writing slowly crept into the forefront of her interests. She has been a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest since 1986 and has painted 27 covers for the magazine. From 2005-2010 Julie had a five-year run contributing commentaries to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, telling stories of bird-eating bullfrogs and orphaned hummingbirds. She has authored five books: Natural Gardening for Birds, Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effectand Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest and most recently, Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-Luck Jay, the intimate story of how an orphaned bird can save a soul. Julie lives and works quietly on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in the back country of Whipple, Ohio.

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. All community activities and events are free unless otherwise indicated in the program, and Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events.

Learn more about the Yampa Valley Crane Festival at