"Heartfelt and thoughtful,
inspired and well-written...It will transport you into a world
you didn’t realize existed."
"The story of the discovery of the nest is alone worth the
price of the book."
"Fine nature writing, good
science, and compelling historical anecdotes spanning the time
of Captain Cook to contemporary naturalists, loggers, and
fishermen combine in an engaging narrative. Strongly
"Ruth's details of the hunt for bits of information about the
bird from dissecting specimens to counting birdcalls in the
predawn light provide rare insight into the trials and joys of
|Books for the Curious Naturalist|
|Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen books on topics including butterflies, beetles, snakes, owls, hawks, oceans, North American ecosystems, fire fighting, and a very strange seabird that lays its eggs in trees. Most books were written for children and young adults, a few are pop-ups, mostly illustrated with color photographs, a few are for general audiences. Maria’s range of subjects reflects her “attention surplus disorder” and her interest in restoring awe in the natural world.||
Pursuing the Mystery
of the Marbled Murrelet
Join "accidental naturalist" Maria Mudd Ruth on a journey of
discovery as she illuminates the secret life of the Marbled
Murrelet, an endangered seabird that depends on the contested
old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest for its survival.
Ruth traces reports of the bird back to Captain Cook’s ill-fated voyage of discovery on the Pacific Ocean in 1778, and explores the mindset of 19th and 20th-century naturalists who, despite their best efforts, failed to piece together clues about the whereabouts of the bird’s nest for 185 years.
Part naturalist detective story, part environmental inquiry, this vibrant narrative follows the improbable trail from the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian Institute to the foggy coastal environs of Redwood National Park. Along the way, the author makes a compelling case for the search for meaning in our changeable world.
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