Rosemary Mosco

Science Writer & Naturalist

Rosemary makes books and cartoons that connect people with the natural world.

Her Bird and Moon nature comics were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit and are collected in a book that’s a 2019 ALA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. She co-wrote The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid, a NYT Best Seller. She speaks at birding festivals and writes for Audubon and the PBS kids’ show Elinor Wonders Why. She’s represented by Seth Fishman. Her favorite glacial landform is the esker.

Interviews: Science FridayBirds & Blooms | Mother Nature Network | National Wildlife Federation | The Birdist | ABA
Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Online Comics

Bird and Moon Comics & Charts

These comics and diagrams share the funny side of nature and discuss environmental issues. They were part of an exhibit of STEAM comics at AAAS headquarters. Find merchandise for sale through TopatoCo.

Wild City Comics

Rosemary co-created this strip about urban ecology with author and illustrator Maris Wicks. It’ll tell you how cicadas make noise and why sparrows roll in dirt. It features scientists, including those studying owls in Australia and agoutis in Brazil.

Other Comics Work

A Few Comics Clients: Ranger Rick, The Nib, Torontoist, Nature Ecology & Evolution.
Art and Design for Nonprofits: posters, infographics, stickers, tshirts.


Birding Is My Favorite Video GameBirding Is My Favorite Video Game

A collection of Bird and Moon comics published by Andrews McMeel.
Praise: School Library Journal | Birds & Blooms Magazine | Audubon | Comicosity | Geek Dad | ALA

“She is the rare humorist who understands nature and biology well enough to make even the most cranky birder crack a smile.” –BirdWatching Magazine

Solar SystemSolar System: Our Place in Space

A funny, friendly intro to the science of the solar system for ages 9-12. Published by First Second. Art by Jon Chad.

“A story line infused with humor and drama . . . budding astro-tourists in middle elementary grades will happily sign up for repeat journeys.” –School Library Journal starred review

Atlas ObscuraThe Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

A NYT-bestselling illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most mesmerizing wonders. It’s published by Workman. Ages 8-12.

“A worldwide collection of superior oddities…One delectable sampler of wonders, there for the asking.” –Kirkus

Butterflies are Pretty…Gross!

A picture book about butterfly science, with art by Jacob Souva, out April 6, 2021 through Tundra Books.

“A witty look at the less-beautiful characteristics of butterflies.” –Kirkus starred review

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching

A quirky, funny, and scientifically correct field guide to observing one of the world’s most commonly seen birds. Out in Fall 2021 through Workman.

Expedition Backyard

A graphic novel about urban nature, with art by Binglin Hu, coming in 2022 through Random House Graphic.

Other Writing Work

TV: Episodes and Interstitials for PBS’ Elinor Wonders Why.
Articles: Audubon, Mental_Floss, Mass Audubon’s Connections.
Blog Posts: Mass Audubon, Nature Conservancy Canada, Living Alongside Wildlife.

Talks & Workshops

Rosemary is an engaging, funny, thought-provoking speaker who delivers talks on nature, birds, comics, and science outreach and leads workshops for students of all ages. Past talks have included keynotes for the Rio Grande Birding Festival, the San Diego Bird Festival, the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, and the Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival, plus talks for Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Caveat NYC, Birds of Vermont Museum, Ithaca College, various birding clubs, and many others. Interested in having her speak? Drop her a line.

When she’s not writing, she’s out in the field doing some very amateur nature photography and trying not to feed the mosquitoes.