Sideways @ East City Bookshop, Washington DC
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Sideways @ East City Bookshop, Washington DC

Cloud watchers, curious naturalists, citizen scientists, and Washingtonians in need of distraction will enjoy this talk by Maria Mudd Ruth, who was born in Washington DC and lived in the city and its suburbs for most of her life. A former member of National Geographic's TRAVELER magazine an author of over a dozen natural history books, including Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, Maria has been researching, watching, photographing and blogging about clouds for many years. 

Maria Mudd Ruth, is an entertaining and experienced speaker and her book presentation will interest a broad range of readers.  

Click here for more information on East City Bookshop

 

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Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sideways @ The Marysville Opera House

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Join Maria for the Outdoor Speakers Series

Author Maria Mudd Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she fell for an imperiled seabird—madly and unexpectedly. Her infatuations, a decade apart, inspired her to undertake two book projects. But how does a non-birder find her way into the world of an elusive, little-studied bird? How does a non-meteorologist tackle the complex science and meaning of the shape-shifting clouds?  And why would she want to?

Find out as Maria discusses her latest books, the critically acclaimed Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet and her newly released A Sideways Look at Clouds. Both books combine memoir, natural history, and humor—follow a steep and often bumpy learning curve as Maria pursues her enigmatic subjects. During her research adventures, Maria discovers a world of unexpected beauty, frustration, fascination, joy, and even solace.

Maria’s program will highlight the value of curiosity, the common challenges of studying birds and clouds (and other things about which you know nothing), and the importance of forging abiding connections to the natural world.  The program will be a combination of short reading from her two book, a selection of slides featuring stunning Pacific Northwest clouds, Q&A, and sales/signing of her two books.

Outdoor sports enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and cloudgazers will find common ground as they discover new and fundamentally simple ways to enrich their experience of natural world. 

Program starts at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.

 

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Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sideways Launch Party

Join Maria at the Eagles Ballroom to celebrate the publication of A Sideways Look at Clouds. 

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders. In A Sideways Look Clouds, just published by Mountaineers Books, Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds. The launch party will include a presentation with select readings from the book followed by Q&A and book sales/signing, fun.

This event is sponsored by the fabulous Mountaineers Books. The also fabulous Browsers Books in Olympia will be at the event to sell hot-off-the-press books. Refreshing beverages (beer and wine) will be served. 

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Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sideways @ University Book Store, Seattle

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders. In A Sideways Look Clouds, just published by Mountaineers Books, Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a short reading, longer discussion, and book signing at the U-District store.

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Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sideways @ Village Books in Fairhaven

Believe it or not, we have hundreds of kinds of clouds, not just "rain clouds." Learn about nimbostratus (seen through a rainy windshield) and other clouds in A Sideways Look at Clouds.

Believe it or not, we have hundreds of kinds of clouds, not just "rain clouds." Learn about nimbostratus (seen through a rainy windshield) and other clouds in A Sideways Look at Clouds.

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books, September 2017), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, and book signing. There might even be a quiz.  Village Books is at 11th and Mill Streets in Fairhaven (south of downtown Bellingham).

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Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sideways @ Third Place Books

What kinds of clouds are these and why does author Maria Mudd Ruth want you to look up and notice them?

What kinds of clouds are these and why does author Maria Mudd Ruth want you to look up and notice them?

Join Maria at Third Place Books in Seward Park for a reading/talk/Q&A about her newest book A Sideways Look at Clouds. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

 Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave. South, Seattle, WA For directions, click here

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May
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Save The Olympic Peninsula (STOP)

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

Learn how the future of the Olympic Peninsula is tied to the fate of the Marbled Murrelet. The Save the Olympic Peninsula is a non-profit organization spearheading a campaign to responsibly address the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Electronic Warfare Range on the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy estimates the loss of 112 Marbled Murrelets over the next 20 years from the impact of "Growler" jet flights and other military exercises. Why should we care about 112 small, secretive seabirds that nest in the mature coastal forests of the Olympic Peninsula? Why does protecting the endangered Marbled Murrelet ultimately help protect humans, other wildlife, and the wilderness soundscape?

Maria will be introducing the audience to this fascinating seabird--its unusual life history, the tale of the 185-long search for its nest, why saving it matters, and where you can go to see them in your neighborhood. Q&A and sales and signing of Rare Bird will follow presentation. 

Monday, May 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Port Angeles Library
2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

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Mar
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society Talk

Please join me at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society's March program meeting. I'll be talking about the Marbled Murrelet and Rare Bird in the heart of murrelet country. The Straits of Juan de Fuca, off the north Olympic Peninsula is reputedly one of the best places to view them in the lower 48 states.  

The program is held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd. in Sequin. The program is free and open to the public. After my presentation, I'll have a short Q&A, then offer copies of the 2013 re-issue of Rare Bird (Mountaineers Books) for sale and signing. I will happily sign copies of the 2005 edition as well!

For more information, visit the Olympic Audubon Society.

 

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Apr
16
9:00am 9:00am

Burke Museum Environmental Writer's Workshop

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

Join authors Knute Berger, Michelle Nijhuis, and me as we lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. We will share stories and tips from our work weaving together history, science, and field time into ouru writing on the natural and cultural world. Class space is limited. Scholarships available wtih valude student ID. Lunch provided.

For more information and to register, click here. 

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Mar
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Skagit Audubon Presentation

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Learn about the life history, 185-year-long nest search, and conservation challenges of this endearing seabird of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Copies of Rare BIrd will be available for purchase and signing by author.

Social 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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Oct
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Olympia Mountaineers--Olympia, WA

It's thanks to the Olympia Mountaineers (specifically their librarian) that Rare Bird was reissued in paperback in August 2013 by Mountaineers Books in Seattle. This program on the marbled murrelet will focus on the challenges biologists face in challenging terrain as they pursue this secretive bird. Book sales and signing to follow the presentation.

Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road. (From I-5, Plum Street, head north, left side, next to Priest Point Park)

6:00 PM Potluck & Socializing hour, Bring a dish to share, your own plate and flatware. No paper tossing at our potlucks!
Need more info? Call the coordinator, Carolyn Burreson, 360-705-2055.

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Aug
1
to Aug 3

Wings Over the Basin--near Santa Cruz, California

This is a fantastic weekend event at Big Basin Redwood State Park in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. August 7 marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the first marbled murrelet nest in this very park! The weekend features murrelet talks, a predawn murrelet walk, campfire program, and other events with biologists, docents, and Steve and Stephanie Singer who have been studying murrelets since the 1970s and discovered many nests in the park. This weekend is about murrelets, owls, thrushes, jays, butterflies, and more! Click here for more information. (Note: I am unable to attend this event...but hope you can!)

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Jul
26
11:00am11:00am

Marbled Murrelets--Cape Perpetua

As part of the Siuslaw National Forest's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I'll be talking about marbled murrelets and how this wild seabird benefits from protected forests and marine waters in and around Cape Perpetua.  Come learn about this fascinating secretive bird you can hear and see in the Siuslaw! Q& A following slide presentation.  Copies of Rare Bird will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information click here.

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May
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Golden Gate Audubon Society, San Francisco CA

Presentation on the marbled murrelet followed by book sales and signing.

Details upcoming at Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a half-hour of socializing and refreshments. Program starts at 7:30 p.m..

San Francisco programs are held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center located at 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), zip 94109. Map it!

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Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust
May
4
10:00am10:00am

Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust

A presentation on the marbled murrelet and the importance of forest buffers followed by moderate to strenuous nature walk (1.5 mile loop) through forest stands on Nisqually Land Trust and Forest Service land that buffers the Washington DNR 'Ashford 80' Natural Resources Conservation Area. Bring a lunch along for after the walk.

 Space is limited to 20 people - RSVP is required. To register call the Nisqually Land Trust office at 360-489-3400 or email staff@nisquallylandtrust.org.

 

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Apr
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Timberland Regional Library--Olympia, WA

 

Marbled Murrelet presentation and Rare Bird book signing. In conjunction with the annual, fabulous, unique Procession of the Species in downtown Olympia, I'll be talking about my favorite species, Brachyramphus marmoratus, aka the marbled murrelet, fog lark, Enigma of the Pacific, buzz bomb, baked potato with a beak, little hell diver, Australian hummingbird and its procession into my life.

This talk is part of a 4-speaker series. Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of The Urban Bestiary is speaking April 9th, Greg Falxa is speaking about bats on April 23, and Arlo Pelegrin on moths and butterflies on April 30th. 

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Western Ornithological Society--Seattle
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Western Ornithological Society--Seattle

Marbled Murrelets: Discovery and Recovery of a Rare Bird
Learn about this unique Pacific Northwest seabird, why it took 185 years to find its nest and unravel the mysteries of its breeding behavior, and why the conservation of this federally threatened species is so challenging.  Rare Bird book signing to follow. This event will be held at the Urban Horticulture Center just off the University of Washington campus, on Mary Gates Boulevard, next to the Montlake Fill. Social time begins at 7, the program at 7:30. Click here for a map.

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UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences--Seattle
Apr
1
3:30pm 3:30pm

UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences--Seattle

Presentation and discussion on Marbled Murrelets and their conservation. Part of a seminar series hosted by the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Students, faculty, member of the public are welcome. Location: UW's Anderson Hall 223 and casual reception in Forest Club Room following the presentation. Click here for a campus map

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Mar
13
to Mar 20

Writing Workshops for Students

Through the Capitol Region Educational Service District 113, I am offering three writing workshops for students in Highly Capable program at three locations These half-day workshops are not open to the public, but I will be posting material and ideas from the workshops here in late March.

March 13: Olympic E.S, Chehalis

March 19: Aberdeen E.S., Aberdeen

March 20: Hoquiam and Raymond E.S, Aberdeen

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Marbled Murrelet Talk--University of Puget Sound Trimble Hall
Nov
22
5:30pm 5:30pm

Marbled Murrelet Talk--University of Puget Sound Trimble Hall

Presentation on the Marbled Murrelet at Trimble Hall co-hosted by the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound and the Sierra Club. (Dowload a flier in pdf here).

The University's Slater Museum of Natural History is featured in Rare Bird .  A murrelet egg (in 9 pieces!) from the museum's collection played a big part in determining who really solved the mystery of the marbled murrelet.

Download a campus map here .

 

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