Mary Holland, the Gathering's keynote speaker, is a naturalist, photographer, educator, columnist and natural history blog writer from Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s enthusiasm for and knowledge about the natural world is contagious as she presents her program based on her book, Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England. This book won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award in the Nature Guidebook Category.
In her program, Mary goes through the year, month by month, highlighting species and events, illustrated with her wildlife photography. Amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, spiders, plants and fungi are all represented. Before and after the program, Mary’s lifelong natural history collection of skins, skulls, scat, etc. will be on display.
Following the program, signed copies of Naturally Curious will be available for purchase. To view Mary’s daily natural history blog, go to www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com.