Let's Learn to Love Vultures
Vultures are not what we would call pretty, but they are fascinating and ecologically important. Author and
educator Katie Fallon will tell us why at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, June 1.
The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors open at 6:30 PM
for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts at 8:00.
Katie's program, "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird," is the title of her book to be published by
the University Press of New England in 2017. She will focus mostly on Turkey and Black Vultures will also talk
about vultures in India and Africa.
Her book about the plight of the Cerulean Warbler, Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing
Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern
Environment. She will sign it for those who bring a copy to the meeting.
Katie's essays have appeared in literary journals and magazines. She has taught creative writing at Virginia
Tech and West Virginia University.
She is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization
dedicated to conserving wild birds through scientific research, outreach and public education, as well as rescue
and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, West Virginia.