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Kateri Kosek

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Kateri Kosek grew up in the Hudson Valley but has lived in or near the Berkshires for several years. She teaches English and writing at various colleges, and at the Renaissance Arts Center in Great Barrington. Her lifelong love of birds has always found its way into her poetry and essays, which have appeared in many literary journals, including Orion.

Articles by Kateri Kosek

IN THE FIELD: Two birds, two extremes of habitat

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 - Neither bird I was after breeds in the Berkshires, but the places that contained them—a mountaintop, a grassland—struck me as reflective of the diversity of habitats around us.

IN THE FIELD: Attracting birds in warm weather

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - Thrushes are not particularly known for eating suet, or for coming to feeders of any kind, but it hung around for five days or so, even flying out from under the porch steps one day.

IN THE FIELD: Horned larks and waterfowl

Monday, 23 Apr 2018 - Similar to many open grassland birds, larks have declined about 2 percent a year since the 1960s, making the 2014 State of the Birds list of “common birds in steep decline.”

IN THE FIELD: Sandhill cranes

Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 - This is not a bird one associates with the Northeast. Sandhill cranes breed across most of Canada into Alaska, dropping down into the upper Midwest and the Mountain West.

IN THE FIELD: Birds of winter

Monday, 5 Feb 2018 - It is refreshing to hear these noisier-than-usual sparrows chattering this time of year when it is otherwise so quiet.

IN THE FIELD: American Woodcock

Monday, 10 Apr 2017 - The woodcock begin their displays at dusk, usually right around the time it turns dark enough to not see things very well. The show is mostly auditory.

IN THE FIELD: Revenge of the lawn

Saturday, 20 Aug 2016 - If our goal is to surround our homes with sterile patches of uniform green, in pursuit of some vision of suburban perfection, even while raising cancer risks for our children, we should probably reevaluate our priorities.

IN THE FIELD: Why birds?

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 - I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in birds. When I was eight, I started keeping a little journal of the birds I saw. I love how birds have an “otherness” emblematic of the natural world as a whole

IN THE FIELD: Birds close to home

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - The combination of predictability and surprise makes a well-known route rewarding, whether one is birding or enjoying it in some other way.

IN THE FIELD: Common nighthawk

Friday, 27 Nov 2015 - Common nighthawks have one of the longest migration routes among North American birds, wintering all the way in South America.