Feature Speaker, Mary Holland

Featured Speaker, Mary Holland

The Otter Creek Audubon’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, 14 November, will feature keynote speaker Mary Holland, highly regarded naturalist and author of Naturally Curious: Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England. Naturally Curious won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for best nature guidebook. Holland has authored two children’s books and numerous magazine articles and writes a monthly nature column.

Naturally Curious leads us on a verbal and pictorial treasure hunt that starts with the earliest evidences of spring in March and progresses chronologically through the New England year. The photographs, more than 700 striking images all taken by the author, capture the essence of each point the author makes. Her prose is stimulating in its clarity. One reviewer writes “It’s like wandering the woods, fields, and marshes with a knowledgeable naturalist at your side.”

The author will bring four tables of nature displays to the annual dinner and will discuss them and answer questions informally from 5:15 to 6 pm. Following dinner at 6 and a brief meeting, her formal presentation, entitled Naturally Curious, will take place from 7:45 to 8:45 at the American Legion Hall at 49 Wilson Road, corner of Boardman Street behind G. Stone Motors off Route 7 south of Middlebury. Following dinner and her presentation Holland will field questions on her presentation, writings, and the display materials, and will be available to sign books. The early display session and dinner will be $18, 12 and under $12. Contact Sue Rasmussen at 897-5411 for reservations. Attendance at 7:45 for the presentation and subsequent access to the nature display materials are free of charge. This event is a fine opportunity for all members of nature-oriented families to broaden their experience.