Join long-time Vermont resident Astrid Helena Nicolay for an evening of wit, wisdom, and action-packed tales about squirrels from her adventures as a wildlife rehabilitator.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, informative and keenly observant, Astrid Helena Nicolay’s new book The Squirrel Diaries invites you to laugh out loud, learn something new about the creatures in your every day world, and think twice about the role compassion plays in what it means to be human.
Astrid Helena Nicolay was born in Venezuela. She spent her childhood in South and Central America, and her pre-college years in Sweden. She attended Georgetown University and St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She speaks Spanish, Swedish, French, German, and Russian. After settling in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, she became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a special fondness for squirrels. Since 1999, she holds a federal and a Vermont state permit and is the director of NorthStream Wildlife Rehabilitation, a facility that currently admits more than one hundred wild animal patients each year. Nicolay’s wildlife rescue efforts have been featured in the local television evening news, the Burlington Free Press, and on Vermont Public Television’s Outdoor Journal. Nicolay lives in Monkton, Vermont with her husband Bill and their many furred and feathered friends.
This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. WRP authors are all local residents; however, their books reflect a broad range of issues, experience, and global interests—from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Rick Peyser and Bill Mares’ in Brewing Change, Peyser’s personal account of social responsibility and the lives of coffee farmers, to Vermont wildlife rehabilitator Helena Nicolay’s Squirrel Diaries and Shelburne veterinarian Dr. Steven Metz’s book, Exotic Tails. Other featured WRP releases include VPR commentaries from the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert’s I Was Thinking and Paul Boisvert’s photo essays in his coffee table book, Burlington ~ A Sense of Place.