Saturday Night Keynote

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird with Katie Fallon

Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Cocktail Hour | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Keynote | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location | Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center | Point Reyes Station, CA

Join us for an evening with Katie Fallon, President of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our evening will start with an outdoor social gathering with drinks, food and music. This is one of the only opportunities to gather as a group, meet Katie, our guides, staff and other attendees. Following the social, we will gather in our seating area to hear from Katie about the private life of vultures!

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird. Vultures are often overlooked, under-appreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States Turkey and Black Vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s recent book, this fun presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.

Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, which was a Finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. She is currently serving as President of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society, and she is also one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, WV, and each year treats more than 300 injured wild birds, conducts dozens of environmental education programs, and sponsors research projects. 

Katie is also the co-author of two books for children, Look, See the Bird! (2017) and Look, See the Farm! (2018), both from Hatherleigh Press. Katie’s essays and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines, including Fourth GenreRiver TeethEcotoneBark MagazineStillAppalachian HeritageNow & ThenIsotopeFourth Riverthe Minnesota ReviewThe Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Feeding” (published in Still in 2018) was nominated for a Best of the Net award, and her essay “Rebirth” (published in River Teeth, Fall 2013) was listed as a “Notable” in Best American Science & Nature Writing 2014. Another essay, “Hill of the Sacred Eagles,” was a finalist in Terrain‘s 2011 essay contest. She has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University; she currently teaches Nonfiction in the Low-Residency MFA Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chatham University. WV Living magazine recently named Katie a 2017 “Wonder Woman of West Virginia”!

Katie is lifelong resident of Appalachia, Katie’s great-great grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather were coal miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She lives in Cheat Lake, WV, with her family.

Katie’s first word was “bird.”