One year ago today, Ranger and forty-seven other horses were driven into a trap by a low-flying helicopter.
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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. A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, …
“A heartfelt and authoritative account of the world’s most numerous and misunderstood avian scavenger. Written in a style reminiscent of Edward Abbey and John McPhee…” –Dr. Keith Bildstein
Katie has taught writing at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech. She has given presentations on teaching creative writing using experiential methods at meetings and workshops […]
Praise for Cerulean Blues
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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It’s a question I ask myself almost everyday, and I will try to answer here: 1. Because I’ve been thinking about my childhood a lot these days. I guess it’s inevitable; my daughters are 3-and-a-half and one-and-a-half-years old, and I often find myself comparing their experiences to mine. Horses dominated my childhood. My mother says […]
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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.