Marietta College's Esbenshade Series welcomes Julie Zickefoose, a local author, renowned naturalist and bird expert, who will speak about a new book at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 14th, at the Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at www.peoplesbanktheatre.com. Zickefoose's book is on her experience with saving, nurturing, raising and studying corvids — particularly blue jays. This event has been funded by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund, which provides annual income for the purpose of bringing lectures, performing artists or programs of diverse nature to the campus for public appearances. The endowed fund was established in 1980 by Harry H. Esbenshade, Sr. and Harry H. Esbenshade, Jr., husband and son, respectively, of the late Mrs. Esbenshade of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. All events are free and open to the public.