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Fall Speaker Series: Naturally Inspired
See and hear how the natural world has inspired a variety of creative thought and artistic expression from our guest speakers.
Free and open to the public. Programs are held in the auditorium of the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing and refreshments; programs are 7:00-8:00 pm.
Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics for young readers, general audiences, and accidental naturalists as herself.
Her latest book, A Sideways Look at Clouds, published by Mountaineers Books, is a work of narrative nonfiction which blends science, wonder, and humor to take lay readers on a scenic route through the clouds.
Maria’s 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.
Maria’s range of subjects reflect her “attention surplus disorder” and interest in restoring our awe in the natural world. She 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, along with other involvements.
Maria lives under clouds 228 days a year in Olympia, Washington with her husband--mapmaker, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professor, and enthusiast Mike Ruth. Find out more at www.mariaruthbooks.net . Books will be available for purchase at the program.