Naturilst Comics, Nature Humor, and Art from Rose Mosco

Rose Mosco Captures Nature Humor and Art in Her Drawings

Educational Humor and Art for Nature Lovers

If you're like me you may find that your sense of humor is somewhat esoteric and "nature-nerdy." I can't help it, I find nature funny, from the giant eye spots of butterflies to the funky way that male turkeys strut and puff and their snoods get bright red (what's not to love about a body part called a snood?). I truly enjoy intelligent nature based humor, and how better to present it than in art and drawings? The artist and naturalist Rosemary Mosco has combined just these features to create wonderful nature cartoons. Her website is called "Bird and Moon, Science and Nature Cartoons."

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The Bird and Moon website logo.

Rosemary is certified naturalist with an M.S. from the University of Vermont Field Naturalist Program. She has worked as a science communications liaison with the National Park Service and Mass Audubon, and she has the naturalist's interest and credentials to bring real science to her drawings.

On her home page you can see a wide range of her cartoons, from turtles and turkeys to lizards and butterflies. As an outdoor educator I find their simplicity, but real-life nature facts, useful as a teaching tool. Check out this comic about learning bird sounds using mnemonics:

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Bird sound Mnemonics cartoon from Rosemary Mosco (Image with permission of author)

Some of the comics are quite funny, such as the "Newt Date":

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"Newt Date" by Rosemary Mosco (Photo by permission of author)

You can learn more about Rosmary's work on her personal website or by visiting her Bird and Moon science and nature cartoon website, it will brighten your day. For those that teach outdoor education, or if you're looking for a unique gift, check out her nature store. You can buy prints, posters, and gift cards. The bird mnemonic poster is a great teaching tool and where else can you find a vulture comic print?

 
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My name is Karen and I am currently the Education Program Coordinator at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, working with students K-gray and doing outdoor science education based on Smithsonian research. I have also been a curriculum developer for the Smithsonian Science Education Center and a contract curriculum writer for the Discovery Channel. In my spare time I love to explore nature topics that I want to know more about, which has lead me to blogging here on "The Infinite Spider" (Infinitespider.com). I've designed it to be a science and nature blog for every-day people, naturalists, and outdoor educators. Currently I live in Annapolis, MD. If you have questions you can reach me at greathornedowl76@gmail.com. Let me know if you enjoy the blog or if you would like to see a particular topic covered. Thanks for reading!