Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County will host author Katie Fallon on April 8 at 2 p.m. as she presents a look into her newest book, VULTURE: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird. Her lecture will be immediately followed by an exclusive book signing.
The presentation and signing will take place in the Sanctuary's Visitor Center Gallery, and both are free to the public.
During the presentation, Fallon will discuss the life and times of the often misunderstood and under-appreciated turkey vulture, including their feeding and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.
The program will be followed by a book signing where attendees have the opportunity to purchase her newest publication.
Katie Fallon is the author of other bird-centric books, including Cerulean Blues (2011), a new children's book, Look, See the Bird!, coming out this summer.
She has taught writing at Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College, and she is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a non-profit dedicated to conserving the region's wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation.
Hawk Mountain Senior Educator Rachel Spagnola expressed her excitement for the event: "Vultures are amazing creatures, and Katie Fallon is an equally amazing vulture spokesperson to highlight their importance in our ecosystem. Serving as nature’s garbage collectors, vultures have been recycling long before it became fashionable. Katie elevates these scavenging raptors with her sense of humor, vast knowledge, and 'talons-on' experience with vultures. After Katie’s presentation, visitors can then head outside to admire vultures as they gracefully soar above the lookouts!"
The following morning of April 9, Fallon will be available for a Hawk Mountain Members-only event, Coffee with Katie, in which Members can join Katie by the Visitor Center birdfeeders to chat, observe, and sip bird-friendly coffee.
The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail-fee or membership, which in turn supports the nonprofit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs.
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