The voices of the wild are everywhere, including inside ourselves.

About Mary



If you've read anything about the wildlife and landscape of Colorado and the American West in the last 30 years, you've probably read something by Mary Taylor Young! 

A prolific, career nature writer, Mary's 17 books range from creative nonfiction, to natural history, to heritage history, kids books and humor. 

She's written the official, centennial history of Rocky Mountain National Park; numerous field guides on birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians; the first book about Colorado wildlife for kids to read and enjoy themselves (NOT written for boring old adults); an award-winning nature memoir; even text for a brand new adult coloring book! (who knew?)

Mary’s writing combines the insight of a scientist with a sense of wonder at the natural world, often in an entertaining humorous style. In addition to her many books, she's familiar to Colorado readers for her hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and on the Web; Colorado's Wildlife Company, published for 15 years by Colorado Parks & Wildlife; trail signs and visitor center exhibits throughout the state; and her Words On Birds column, which ran in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years. 

A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in zoology, Mary was the 2016 CSU College of Natural Sciences commencement speaker. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, is Vice President of Programs for Colorado Authors League and Programs Chair for the 2018 Colorado Book Festival. She is a past board member of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and the Douglas Land Conservancy.

Mary has worked with thousands of school kids throughout Colorado as a teaching artist, combining nature study with creative writing. In 2012, she was honored to be named an Artist In Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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