Maria Mudd Ruth grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, where she worked for the National Geographic Society for several years as a researcher on their travel magazine and books before striking out on her own to write nature books for young readers. She has published many books, including, most recently, Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet (first published in 2005 and reissued by Mountaineers Books in 2014) and A Sideways Look at Clouds (Mountaineers Books, 2017), which blends science, natural history, personal stories, and humor to bring the wonder of the clouds to the general reader.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Maria is not a scientist nor a birder. Her non-fiction works translate the best-available science for the lay reader with an eye toward raising awareness, deepening connections to the natural world, and inspiring advocates for the protection of birds and the conservation of their habitats.
View Maria’s website: www.mariaruthbooks.net
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Purchase copies of Rare Bird from Maria’s Seattle publisher, Mountaineers Books, or in-store in many PNW bookstores and other online retailers.