Award-winning and best-selling nature writer Mary Taylor Young spent her childhood
summers roaming the Colorado Rockies from her grandparents' cabin in Estes Park. "We awoke to mule deer peering in
the windows and hummingbirds buzzing the feeders," she remembers.
Her love of wild things and the outdoors led to a degree in
Zoology from Colorado State University and a life devoted to nature and the environment.
Mary's 15 books range from Land of Grass
and Sky: A Naturalist's Prairie Journey to On the Trail of Colorado Critters: Wildlife Watching for Kids.
Her next book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years from Far Country Press, will be published in January
"Words On Birds" column appeared in the Rocky Mountain News of Denver for 16 years. She has published hundreds of
magazine and newspaper articles and written extensively for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Colorado Division of
Wildlife and other agencies and NGOs.
2013 will be Mary's 25th consecutive year teaching writing at Rocky Mountain National Park, as well
as many other venues. She is an accomplished field naturalist and wilderness guide as well as an active Artist-in-Residence
and Naturalist-in-Residence in K-12 schools throughout Colorado.