Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education includes directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for eight years, working as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting her own hands-on Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for five years for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Mary currently photographs and writes for various publications, and has a natural history blog on which she posts a photograph and accompanying information five days a week at www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com. .
Mary has written and photographed five children’s books: Milkweed Visitors, about insects that visit milkweed patches; Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer, which follows the life of a red fox kit one summer; A Beaver’s Busy Life, which follows the activities of beavers through the seasons; Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths, and Animal Feet & Legs, in a series of books on animal adaptations. A children’s book entitled Otis the Owl, about a young Barred Owl, is due out this coming February. The Naturally Curious program is based on my book Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England, which won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2011. A second adult book, Naturally Curious Day by Day, is due out this fall.