News and Events


Katie’s essay “Feeding” appears in the new issue of Still: The Journal.

Fellow vulture conservationist Merlyn Nomsa Nkomo (in Zimbabwe) recently interviewed Katie for her blog.

Read Katie’s short article about fierce female raptors on the National Audubon Society’s website.

Forbes Magazine lists VULTURE as one of the best bird books of 2017.

Katie’s work is included in the new anthology READING SHAVER’S CREEK, now available from Penn State University Press.

WV Living magazine named Katie a 2017 “Wonder Woman of West Virginia” — thank you for this honor!

If your group or university is looking for a speaker or reader, Katie would love to visit you. She can read from her work or give a PowerPoint presentation on vultures, cerulean warblers, or about migratory birds and coffee. In addition, Katie can be available to guide bird walks. Contact her with inquiries at

Upcoming Events:


March 21, 2018, 7pm: Ann Arundel Bird Club, Blue Heron Center, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD

April 4, 2018: Monticello Bird Club, Charlottesville, VA

April 17, 2018: Juniata Valley Audubon Society, PA

April 29-May 1, 2018: New River Birding & Nature Festival, Fayetteville, WV
(Katie will be attending the Fundraising Dinner on Sunday evening, guiding on Monday and Tuesday, and giving a presentation on Tuesday evening.)

May 19, 2018, 7pm: Blackwater Falls State Park. Vulture presentation.

June 18, 2018: Wild Birds Unlimited, Syosset, NY. Vulture presentation.

June 19, 2018: Brooklyn Bird Club, Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Brooklyn, NY. Vulture presentation.

June 20, 2018: Queens County Bird Club, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Little Neck, NY. Vulture presentation.

August 18, 2018: Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Deep Creek Lake State Park, MD

September 23, 2018: Wildbird Recovery Fall Migration Festival, PA

November 12, 2018: Augusta Bird Club, Staunton, VA. Vulture presentation.


June 20, 2019: Birds & Beer, Audubon Arizona. Phoenix, AZ. Vulture presentation.

October 3, 2019: San Antonio Audubon, San Antonio, TX. Vulture presentation.

Past Events:

February 15, 2018: Bedford Bird & Nature Club, PA

February 12, 2018, 6:30pm: Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club, South Charleston Public Library, WV

February 4, 2018, 2:30pm: Aullwood Audubon Nature Center, Dayton, OH

December 31, 2017, 7pm: Reading at WV Wesleyan College with Karen Salyer McElmurray in Loar Auditorium. Say goodbye to 2017 with us!

December 1, 2017: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Vulture presentation.

November 25, 2017: City Books, Pittsburgh, PA. Book signing.

November 20, 2017: Bath Highland Bird Club, VA. Vulture presentation.

November 8, 2017: Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD. Vulture presentation.

October 22, 2017, 3pm: Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Vulture presentation.

October 19, 2017, 6:30pm: Athens Area Birders, ODNR Building, Athens, OH. Vulture presentation.

October 12, 2017: Penn State Altoona.

September 23, 2017, 9:30-11am: Bye Bye Buzzards Celebration, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, AZ. Meet-the-author event & book signing. Everyone welcome!

September 22, 2017: Coffee with Katie, for Arizona Audubon invitees, Scottsdale, AZ.

September 20, 2017, 6:30pm: Tucson Audubon. REI store, Tucson, AZ. Vulture presentation. Register here.

September 20, 2017, 3-4pm: Book signing & meet-the-author at the Tucson Audubon Society Nature Shop, 300 E University Boulevard, #120, Tucson, AZ.

September 20, 2017, 12pm: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (for staff and volunteers), Tucson, AZ

September 2, 2017: International Vulture Awareness Day

September 1, 2017: Gilmer Public Library, Glenville, WV

August 8, 6pm: WVU’s Core Arboretum. Everyone welcome. Vulture presentation, books available.

August 5: North River Mills, WV. The evening begins with a hike on The Nature Conservancy’s Ice Mountain with Katie at 4pm, followed by dinner provided by North River Mills UMC at 6pm. Around 6:30pm there will be a brief reading from Vulture followed by a book signing.

July 12, 2017, 7pm: West Virginia Wesleyan College. Reading, books available.

June 29, 5:30pm: Mountaineer Audubon’s Birds & Beer event. Guide. Contact Katie for information.

June 25, 2017, 10am: Young Birders’ Walk at the WV Botanic Garden, Morgantown, WV. Guide. Contact Katie for more information.

June 18, 2017, 3-5pm: FestivAll Nonfiction Roundtable, Taylor Books, Charleston, WV. Books available.

June 16, 2017, 4pm: Washington Market Park, Tribeca, NYC. Children’s book reading.

June 15, 2017, 5:30pm: Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT. Vulture presentation, books available.

June 14, 2017: Bedford Audubon, NY. Vulture presentation, books available.

June 10, 2017, 7pm: City Books Pittsburgh, PA. Books available.

June 10, 2017, 12pm: Local author panel, Barnes & Noble, Morgantown, WV. Books available.

June 2, 2017: Canaan Valley Birding Festival, WV. Vulture presentation.

May 13, 2017: Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV

May 5, 2017: Birds in the Hills, Rutland, OH

May 1-3, 2017: New River Birding & Nature Fest, Fayetteville, WV. Vulture presentation, guiding, books available.

April 29, 2017, 2pm: Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV. Vulture presentation, books available.

April 29, 2017, 11am: Kanawha County Public Library, Dunbar, WV. Vulture presentation, books available.

April 28 2017, 6:30pm: Mountaineer Audubon spring banquet, Morgantown, WV. Vulture presentation, books available.

April 9, 2017, 9am: Coffee with Katie at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA

April 8, 2017, 2pm: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA. Vulture presentation, book signing.

April 7, 2017, 6-8pm: Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester, VA

April 6, 2017: Rockingham Bird Club, Harrisonburg, VA. Vulture presentation, books available.

April 5, 2017: Rockbridge Bird Club, Lexington, VA. Vulture presentation, books available.

March 23, 2017, 6:30pm: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. Reading, book signing.

March 18, 2017, 6-8pm: VULTURE Book Release Party, Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. Everyone is welcome! Contact Katie for more information.

March 11, 2017, 7-8:30pm: VULTURE Book Release Party! Everyone is welcome to come have a snack and conversation with us at The Cafe at Champs, Blacksburg, VA.

March 4, 2017, 6:30pm: Brooks Bird Club Early Spring Meeting, North Bend State Park, Cairo, WV

January 1, 2017: West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV

November 17, 2016: Deleware Valley Ornithological Club, Philadelphia, PA (cerulean warblers)

November 4, 2016, 7pm: Potomac Valley Audubon Society, Bolivar Community Center, Harper’s Ferry, WV. Everyone is welcome! Listen to a presentation about vultures, and then meet “Boris” the turkey vulture.

November 3, 2016, 7pm: Listen to a presentation about vultures, and then meet “Boris” the turkey vulture at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association. Sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. This is a free, family-friendly program. The LWC asks that folks pre-register here.

September 17, 2016, 10am-3pm: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Migration Celebration, Ithaca, NY. Lots of activities for the whole family at this free event! Katie will be at the event as a representative of Birds & Beans Coffee.

June 18, 2016, 4pm: Gunpowder Falls State Park, Kingsville, MD (vultures)

June 11, 2016, 10am: Food, Farms, & Feathers, Gibbon, MN

June 1, 2016: Three Rivers Birding Club, Pittsburgh, PA (vultures)

May 14, 2016, 7:30am-2pm: Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV

May 11, 2016, 1pm: Biggest Week in American Birding, Ohio (cerulean warblers)

May 2-7, 2016: New River Birding & Nature Festival, Fayetteville, WV

April 29-30, 2016: Ohio Ornithological Society, Shawnee State Forest, OH (cerulean warblers)

April 16, 2016, 12:30pm: Marvelwood School, Kent, CT (cerulean warblers)

November 17, 2015: Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Leesburg, VA (vultures)

September 25, 2015, 7:30pm: Hawk Migration Week at Shavers Creek Environmental Center, Penn State University (vulture presentation, pre-registration required)

September 25, 2015, 12:40pm: Mountain Laurel Garden Club’s Environmental Studies School, Garrett College, MD. (cerulean warbler presentation, pre-registration required)

September 5, 2015, 1pm: International Vulture Awareness Day, overlook at Cooper’s Rock State Forest

August 8, 2015, 7pm: Deep Creek Lake State Park, MD, campfire presentation (vultures)

May 18, 2015: Bath-Highland County Bird Club (cerulean warbler presentation)

May 9, 2015: Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, WV

May 2, 2015: Birdfest at Deep Creek Lake State Park (vulture presentation)

April 27-April 29, 2015: New River Birding & Nature Festival (guide, live raptor presentation)

April 22, 2015: State College Bird Club (PA), (cerulean warbler presentation)

March 30, 2015, 6pm: The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County (MD) (cerulean warbler presentation)

March 21, 2015, 1:30pm: Pennsylvania Private Forest Landowners Conference, Altoona (cerulean warbler presentation)

March 17, 2015, 10:30am: Mountain Laurel Garden Club (cerulean warbler presentation)

March 7, 2015: Amish Birding Symposium, OH (cerulean warbler presentation)

February 11, 2015, 7pm: Rockbridge (Va) Bird Club (cerulean warbler presentation)

September 6, 1-3pm: International Vulture Awareness Day celebration, hosted by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia on the overlook at Cooper’s Rock State Forest. Join us for the release of a rehabilitated turkey vulture!

June 6-7 2014: Cerulean Warbler Weekend, Michigan (keynote speaker)

May 14, 2014: Potomac Valley Audubon Society, Shepardstown, WV (vulture presentation)

May 3, 2014: Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, WV (various activities throughout the day, 7am-2pm)

May 3, 2014, 6pm: Deep Creek Lake State Park Birdfest, MD (cerulean warbler presentation)

April 3, 2014: Rockingham Bird Club, VA (Cerulean warbler presentation)

March 27, 2014: Bedford County Bird and Nature Club, Bedford, PA (Cerulean warbler presentation)

November 19, 7:30pm: Lyric Theatre, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (Reading)

November 2, 10am-12pm: Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing, “Coffee with the Writer” (Hanging out)

October 29: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (Reading)

October 27, 2pm: Loudon Wildlife Conservancy, Leesburg, VA (Vulture presentation)

October 14:, 7pm Augusta Bird Club, Staunton, VA (Cerulean warbler presentation)

June 1: Keynote Address, Canaan Valley Birding Festival, WV

May 22: Quittapahilla Audubon Society, Palmyra, PA

May 17-19: Cape May Spring Migration Festival, Cape May, NJ

May 10, 7:30pm: Baird Bird Blub, Reading, PA

May 8, 7pm: Potomac Valley Audubon, Shepardstown, WV

May 4: Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV

April 30-May 2: New River Birding & Nature Festival, Fayetteville, WV

April 10, 2013: Lynchburg Bird Club, Lynchburg, VA

March 29, 2013, 7pm: Women’s Month Reading, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

March 19, 2013, 7pm: Juniata Valley Audubon, Bellwood, PA

March 8, 2013, 10:30-11:30am: Book Signing at WVU’s table, AWP Conference Bookfair, Boston, MA

February 12, 7pm: Appalachian Prison Book Project reading, Rhododendron Room, WVU MountainLair, Morgantown, WV

February 6, 2013, 7:30pm: New River Valley Bird Club, Karr Activity Center at Warm Hearth, Blacksburg, VA

January 31, 2013: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

November 8, 7pm: Monticello Bird Club, Charlottesville, VA

October 16: Guest Lecture, science writing course, WVU, Morgantown, WV

July 21, 7pm: Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Davis, WV

June 19, 12-1pm: US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

June 9: Cooper’s Rock Celebration of the Outdoors, Bruceton Mills, WV

May 20, 6-8pm: Book Signing, USDA Conference, Waterfront Hotel, Morgantown, WV

May 15: Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Asheville, NC

May 5, 8am-3pm: Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Morgantown Migratory Bird Day, Cooper’s Rock State Forest

April 30-May 3: New River Birding and Nature Festival, Fayetteville, WV

April 25, 7pm: Ida Lee Rec Center, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Leesburg, VA

April 21, 10-11am: Book Signing, Old Oak Art Festival, Greenville, TN

April 19, 7pm: Tusculum College, Greenville, TN

April 18, 6pm: WVU Student Sierra Coalition Symposium on Mountaintop Removal Mining

April 14, 2pm: Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV

April 11, 6:30pm: Friends of the National Zoo Lecture Series, Samuels Public Library, Front Royal, VA

April 7, 1pm: Barnes & Noble, Morgantown, WV

March 20, 12:30pm: Keystone College Eco-Club, La Plume, PA

March 19, 7pm: Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society, Dallas, PA

March 13, 7pm: Mountaineer Audubon at Heritage Point Village, Morgantown, WV

March 2, 7:30pm: Toad Suck Review Reading, Chicago Hilton, AWP Conference, Chicago, IL

February 25, 4pm: Taylor Books, Charleston, WV

February 7: Wildwood Winter Lecture Series, Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, PA

January 30, 4-5:30pm: Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

January 21, 1-4pm: Barnes & Noble, Morgantown, WV

January 18, 2012, 7:30pm: West Virginia University, 130 Colson Hall, Morgantown, WV

January 6, 2012, 7pm: West Virginia Wesleyan College, English Annex 21, Buckhannon, WV

December 18, 1-4pm: Barnes & Noble, Morgantown, WV (book signing)

December 17, 12-2pm: Main Line Books, Elkins, WV (book signing)

December 15, 7pm: Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD

December 11: Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

December 2, 7pm: Virginia Tech, 3100 Torgerson Hall, Blacksburg, VA

November 14, 1pm: The Golden Mermaids, Mom’s house, Dallas, PA.

November 12, 4pm: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA.

November 8, 7pm: Salisbury University, Holloway Hall’s Great Hall, Salisbury, MD.

October 22: Brooks Bird Club Banquet, Bethany, WV

October 21: Cerulean Blues release party, Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, WV

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