Biography

John Moir is an award-winning author and environmental journalist whose special interest is the preservation of biodiversity. His dramatic nonfiction book, RETURN OF THE CONDOR: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction, was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize from Stanford University and was also honored in the National Association of Science Writers “Science-in-Society” awards.

Moir’s articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, Birder’s World, Orion, Audubon California, High Country News, Birding, Catamaran Literary Reader, Writer’s Digest, Poets and Writers and elsewhere.

He is the author of two nonfiction books, has contributed to three anthologies, and has won two dozen writing awards. His article, “Nature’s Blinded Visionaries,” received first place for Literature in the 2014 Eco Arts Awards as well as being selected as a notable essay for the annual book Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Moir is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, Authors Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a Founding Fellow in the International League of Conservation Writers. He belongs to the American Birding Association and has traveled the world in search of birds. Moir is also a docent naturalist at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Click here for an interview with John in Writer’s Digest magazine.