Friday Night Keynote Speaker Paul Bannick

Join our Friday night keynote speaker, Paul Bannick for Brews & Bites, and a special presentation on his new book, Owls: A Year in the Life of the North American Owl. Learn More

Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.  Paul was involved in our festival in 2016 as the featured keynote speaker. He also lead a private birding event, and a bird walk for youth focused on Woodpeckers. He is the author and photographer of two books, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, and The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds. His work has won awards from several prestigious photography contests, including those hosted by Audubon Magazine and the International Conservation Photography Awards. You can find his photography prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in several volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the world. His work has been featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times, Audubon, Sunset, Nature’s Best Photography Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Pacific Northwest (two cover stories), Seattle Times, Alaska Air Magazine, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other outlets in North America and Europe. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, King 5 and on dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote. 

Saturday Night
Keynote Speaker Julie Zickefoose

Join our Saturday night keynote speaker, Julie Zickfoose for happy hour and our fundraising dinner with festival guides and participants. Julie's key note will cover her new book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.  Learn more

Speaker Bio: Julie Zickefoose is an avid birder, artist, author and our 2017 Saturday night keynote speaker. She loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and has spoken at a number of festivals around the country.  She 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. Bird Watcher's Digest has been the major print venue for her writing since 1986, and she's painted 27 covers for the magazine. She was a contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered from 2005-2010, telling stories of bird-eating bullfrogs and orphaned hummingbirds. She is also an author of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, and her newest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio and leads birding trips abroad.