In addition to the aforementioned ivory-bill print, frameable paintings include a winter scene featuring a pair of bluebirds (p.13), a nest full of barn swallows being menaced by a large black rat snake (p. 46), a brood of Carolina wrens fledging from a nest in a bucket strapped to a protected downspout (p. 59.), a pencil drawing of an osprey perched on a tropical beach (p.106), a portrait of Julie's daughter Phoebe with a rescued feathered phoebe (p. 175), a self-portrait of the author being followed by a curiously friendly ruffed grouse (p. 202), and a snowy winter scene populated by a small flock of cardinals (p. 296).
I suspect Julie's favorite painting might be the portrait of Charley (p. 331), the chestnut-fronted macaw she acquired in 1989. She explains why parrots make terrible pets and many of the lessons that led to that understanding. You'll also learn the surprise Charley kept to himself for 23 years.
A favorite subject for Julie's pencil and brush are young birds. Scattered throughout the text are many illustrations of everything from hatchlings to fledglings ready to take that initial leap of faith. Among these illustrations are young robins, chickadees, starlings, barn swallows, chimney swifts, ruby-throated hummingbirds, phoebes, piping plovers, sandhill cranes, turkey vultures, and cardinals.
The most important lesson in "The Bluebird Effect" concerns the impact of outdoor cats on birds. As only an experienced avian rehabilitator could, Julie explains, "... when catching a bird, housecats almost always bite down hard on the right wing where it joins the bird's body, crushing the shoulder joint so that their prey is instantly and permanently disabled.... Whatever feral cat advocates and laissez-faire cat owners may rationalize about hunting as natural behavior for felines, this preventable carnage by an introduced predator is unnatural and unconscionable... talking to cat owners on the telephone helps me understand the denial and misplaced sentimentality that permits the killing to go on."
"The Bluebird Effect" is a terrific read and a feast for the eyes. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Send questions and comments to Dr. Scott Shalaway, 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 or via my website, http://scottshalaway.googlepages.com.