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Colorado Author to Present Prairie Program at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 09/25/2002
A Castle Rock, Colo., author with family ties to Olathe will give a presentation on the prairie and her latest book at the Ernie Miller Nature Center on Friday, Oct. 11.

Mary Taylor Young will read from her ninth and latest book, Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist's Prairie Journey. According to Young, the book's narrative reveals "an intricately woven landscape of birds and wildlife, native grasses and wildflowers" in which she "examines the human impact on the prairie from the dust bowl years to today, which is especially timely in light of the recent drought and explosion of wildfires along Colorado's front range."

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center, which is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.
The program will last about an hour and is designed for ages 10 and up. A charge of $3 per person helps cover the cost of the programs. Young will also be available for book signing.

Young is an award-winning nature writer, biologist, and naturalist. She is the author of nine books, including The Guide to Colorado Birds: Watchable Birds of the Southwest; and On the Trail of Colorado Critters: Wildlife Watching for Kids. Mary's Column, Words on Birds, appears monthly in the Rocky Mountain News of Denver. Mary's family has lived in the Leavenworth and Olathe areas since the 1870s. Her great uncle was Ernie Miller, namesake of the Ernie Miller Nature Center and former Olathe businessman, newspaper editor and a founder of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. Young said she also plans to bring an 1870s map of Johnson County showing her family's farm.

Advance reservations are suggested. Call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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