Katie Fallon

Author of Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird

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Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, November 2011). A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, …

“A must for birding enthusiasts, environmentalists, and those with a reverence for life’s small wonders, who ask with Fallon, ‘If we start losing pieces of things, where will we stop?’” —Booklist ...

Katie unites her passions for writing, teaching, nature, and art through several important projects. She is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., …

Praise for Cerulean Blues

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    “In telling the story of the cerulean, Katie is able to shine a spotlight on our own fate, which is also inextricably tied to the health of the forest.”

    - The Nature Conservancy, West Virginia chapter
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    Cerulean Blues is many things. It’s a fine work of nature writing that has its roots in American transcendentalism . . . It’s a twenty-first century ecological manifesto, a plea for help in saving a small warbler.”

    - Cheryl B. Torsney, ConnotationPress.com
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    Cerulean Blues is part journey, part documentary, and wholly engaging; a tribute to a bird that bridges continents with its wings and to a rising star among contemporary nature writers.”

    - Pete Dunne, former Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and author of Hawks in Flight
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    Cerulean Blues made me laugh and cry, and even moved me to make a donation … and look into further ways that I can help this imperiled bird. And that – even beyond being entertaining, informative, and beautifully written – is the true value of this book. I think anyone, whether or not they particularly like birds, would enjoy this book. But those that do like birds, especially the enchanting Cerulean Warbler, or are concerned about bird conservation in general need to read Cerulean Blues.”

    - The Birder’s Library
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    “Katie Fallon inhabits the world of the cerulean warbler with directness, humor, and real joy… This book is a pleasure to read, and will open the eyes of many to the life of a small creature fighting an enormous fight.”

    - David Gessner, author of Return of the Osprey and Soaring with Fidel
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    “From the gentle Appalachian ridges to the rebel-haunted cloud forests of Colombia, Katie Fallon immerses herself in the world of the cerulean warbler–a tiny, lovely songbird few Americans have heard of, but which is emblematic of the increasingly desperate plight of migratory birds in general.”

    - Scott Weidensaul, Pulitzer Prize finalist

Featured Blog Posts

New River Birding & Nature Festival

New River Birding & Nature Festival

Apr 17, 2015 | No Comments

Friends, you have only two days left to register for the New River Birding & Nature Festival! I’ve given presentations and helped guide birding trips at the festival for the last three years, and I will be there again this year (although only for a day or two — someday, when I’m not pregnant or nursing, I hope to spend the entire week!) The festival is held in the beautiful New River Gorge area of southern West Virginia, in the heart of the cerulean warbler’s breeding range…

Promised Land

Promised Land

Apr 9, 2015 | No Comments

When my husband Jesse and two of his friends from veterinary school set out for a weekend fishing trip in West Virginia’s Canaan Valley, they weren’t planning to pick up a hitchhiker.

2014: A Year

2014: A Year

Jan 1, 2015 | No Comments

Reflection is an important part of preserving memory—of learning and evolving, of taking inventory. Counting blessings, so to speak, making a list and checking it twice. I’ve been inspired by the season to reflect on 2014—its joys and disappointments, regrets and surprises, of new lives coming in and old ones transitioning to whatever’s next, divinity or dust, or an unimaginable somewhere else.

Friends & Affiliations

Katie is proud to be one of Birds & Beans Coffee Company‘s “Voices for the Birds.” Check out their delicious–and triple-certified–coffees!

Some of the photography on these pages is provided by two of Katie’s favorite photographers, Richard Mallory Allnutt and Shannon Arbogast. Homepage slider photos taken by Katie in Shenandoah National Park, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, and the Fernow Experimental Forest.

Katie is a member of several professional organizations, including the Associated Writers & Writing Programs, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.

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