In our new minimum-word cyber-world, Maria describes herself simply as "Mother, grandmother, passionate about native gardens, birds, wildlife and collies… writer, author, believer in fairies..." Although Maria grew up in Brooklyn, she found her "sanctuary" on Long Island in the windswept dunes and the magnificent beaches of the South Shore, as well as in the wooded hills and picturesque ponds of the North Shore.
Maria raised her three sons in North Bellmore, spent fifteen years alongside Penataquit Creek in Bay Shore and finally found her "forever" home in a charming little hamlet on the delightful East End of Long Island. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, egrets, herons and glorious wild birds, brilliant in their feathered plumage, call her native wildlife garden home. Her extensive natural garden, certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, has been on display in several East End garden tours. Maria enjoys the simple life in East Quogue with her collie Christie, her blue-fronted Amazon parrot Pablo and all of her furried and feathered "wild-friends."
Maria writes a weekly community column, "From Fourth Neck," for the Western Edition of The Southampton Press. Her essays have appeared in "The Press Box" in both the Eastern and Western Editions of The Southampton Press, as well as in The Press of Manorville and Moriches. Her wildlife stories have also appeared in the South Shore Monthly, the Great South Bay Magazine and In the Eyes of the Wild: An Anthology of Wildlife Poetry and Short Stories.
Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden
Happy, sad, and at times a little whimsical, Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden is a collection of short stories of the sometimes complicated, sometimes heart-breaking but always enriching relationship between a woman and the wildlife who call her garden home. Sharing her observations and interactions with the wild ducks, swans, opossums, ospreys and squirrels of Penataquit Creek, the stories are interwoven with fascinating facts about wildlife and insights into communicating with and understanding our wild friends. Maria's poignant and heartwarming memoirs, as well as the unique bond that she shares with her garden visitors, are, at times, touching, delightful, comical and heartrending.