Rosemary Mosco

Science Writer & Naturalist

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

Her Bird and Moon nature comics won the National Cartoonists Society’s award for Best Online Short Form Comic, 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 makes best-selling science books for kids and adults, gives engaging keynotes at birding festivals, and writes for the PBS kids’ show Elinor Wonders Why. She’s represented by Seth Fishman. Her favorite glacial landform is the esker.

Interviews: CBC’s The Current | Science FridayBirds & Blooms | Treehugger | 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 won the 2021 National Cartoonists Society’s award for Best Online Comic – Short Form and were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit. Find merchandise for sale through TopatoCo.

Other Comics Work

Other Webcomic: Wild City Comics, a past strip about urban ecology co-created with Maris Wicks.
A Few Comics Clients: Ranger Rick, The Nib, Torontoist, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Pipe Wrench.


A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching

A popular science book about one of the world’s most commonly seen birds, published by Workman.
Praise: ALA Booklist’s Top 10 Sci-Tech Books of 2021 | ABA Best Bird Books of the Year | BirdWatching Magazine

“the most perfect of popular science titles” –Booklist starred review
“So joyful that it’s almost effervescent” –Foreword Reviews

Butterflies are Pretty…Gross!

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

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

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

Coming Soon: Expedition Backyard

A graphic novel about urban nature, with art by Binglin Hu, coming in Summer 2022 through Random House Graphic. Ages 7+.

Coming Soon: Flowers are Pretty…Weird!

A picture book about the weird side of wildflowers, with art by Jacob Souva, out in April 2022 through Tundra Books.

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 a funny, thought-provoking speaker who delivers talks on nature, birds, comics, and science outreach and leads workshops for students of all ages. Interested in having her speak? Drop her a line.

Keynotes: Rio Grande Birding Festival, San Diego Bird Festival, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, National Association for Interpretation, Central Valley Birding Symposium, Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival.
Talks & Workshops: National Aviary, Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Maine Audubon Bird Festival, Brookline Bird Club, Toronto Bird Celebration, Caveat NYC, Birds of Vermont Museum, Ithaca College, many birding clubs, and others.

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