Ospreys in the Outfield
A Sanibel, Florida Story
Ophelia and her mate Oliver fly over Sanibel trying to find a place to nest. After several false starts, they think they have found the perfect spot – the lights around the athletic field next to Sanibel School. Perfect that is until Little League season begins when yelling boys and girls invade their new home. If that were not bad enough batted balls threaten their new nest and young brood. Fed up Oliver takes matters into his own talons, grabs a ball midflight and takes it back to the nest. What happens next just proves it takes a village and the Golden Rule to play baseball when there are Ospreys in the Outfield.
About the Illustrator
May Jernigan is an artist who specializes in scientific illustration. A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she spent time observing and drawing specimens at the Field Museum. She continued her art education earning a Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Her specialties include ink drawings, watercolor and gouache, and digital painting.
May is a frequent visitor to Sanibel Island having vacationed there with her family for many years. Her most recent Sanibel adventure involved an internship with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. May has an abiding love for the wide variety of birds and wildlife that call Sanibel home. When not drawing them, you can find her in the Refuge taking wildlife photos.
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