Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics for the young readers, general audiences, and accidental naturalists like herself.
Her latest book, A Sideways Look at Clouds, will be published Fall 2017 by Mountaineers Books. This work of narrative non fiction blends science, wonder, humor to take readers on the scenic route through the clouds. You can pre-order copies here.
Her other published books include Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet (Rodale Press 2006, Mountaineers Books reissue, 2013 ) for the general (adult) reader. Titles for young adults and children include The Ultimate Ocean Book, The Butterfly, The Beetle (3-D portfolios); Hawks and Owls, Snakes, The Pacific Coast, The Tundra, The Southwest Deserts, The Mississippi River, and other titles.
Maria’s range of subjects reflects her “attention surplus disorder” and her interest in restoring our awe in the natural world. Maria is a member of the Black Hills Audubon Society Conservation Committee, an active advocate for marbled murrelet conservation, a volunteer pigeon guillemot surveyor, a supporter of Olympia city parks, and a United Way reading buddy.
Since Rare Bird was reissued in 2013, Maria has given dozens of presentations on the marbled murrelet, conservation issues, and natural-history writing to audiences at public libraries, schools, bookstores, conservation organizations. Please see the Events page for current and past events. Please contact Maria to schedule presentation and/or book signing.
Maria lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband--mapmaker, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professor, and enthusiast Mike Ruth.