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Portrait Of The Bird As A Young Artist


"They grow up so fast," we always say of children.  Human children.  But our kids have nothing on the speed at which Baby Birds develop.  

  In her book by that name, artist and wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose tracks the progress of hatchlings born on her property, in words and paintings.  Eleven days from hatching to flying, in some cases.  

The pace is astonishing, and Zickefoose's depictions can take your breath away.  She joins us with details of herlife as a bird foster parent.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.