Learn about 'The Private Life of an Unloved Bird' with DuPage Birding Club Jan. 13

  • Learn about the life and times of the turkey vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions with the DuPage Birding Club.

    Learn about the life and times of the turkey vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions with the DuPage Birding Club. Courtesy of DuPage Birding Club

 
 
Posted1/10/2022 7:30 PM

The DuPage Birding Club will feature "The Private Life of an Unloved Bird" with Katie Fallon at its monthly meeting in January.

The Zoom program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.

 

Vultures flying overhead are a pretty common sight here in Illinois -- but how much do you really know about them?

Hear about their fascinating life history by a true expert at the January meeting.

Fallon will offer an intimate look at vultures. Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play in healthy ecosystems.

Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States, turkey and black vultures may be increasing in number.

Based on her book, this fun presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.

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Katie Fallon, author of "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird," will speak at the January meeting of the DuPage Birding Club
Katie Fallon, author of "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird," will speak at the January meeting of the DuPage Birding Club - Courtesy of DuPage Birding Club

Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird" (2020, 2017) and "Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird" (2011), as well as two books for children.

She is a founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the region's wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. Fallon has served as president of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. A member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, she has worked with birds since 1998; over the last 20 years she has given educational presentations featuring live raptors, vultures, parrots, and corvids. She is also a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and has taught writing at West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and elsewhere.

Register in advance for this meeting via dupagebirding.org/meetings/ or www.facebook.com/dupagebirdingclub/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This meeting will be recorded and posted on the DuPage Birding Club Education YouTube channel.

The club also is hosting a birding/nature walk at a local forest preserve this weekend. S

Preregistration is not required for this walk from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at St. James Farm Forest Preserve, Warrenville.

The 595-acre preserve contains more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies, and wetlands. Participants will be looking for winter birds and enjoying the pristine winter landscape.

Paths are gravel. Dress for the cold. The main entrance is on Winfield Road, just north of Butterfield Road. Meet at the horse statue in the parking lot.

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