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Mother and grandmother ... passionate about native gardens, birds, wildlife and collies ... author, artist, columnist and believer in fairies ...
Maria lives in a charming little hamlet on the magnificent East End of Long Island. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, egrets, herons, squirrels, opossums and, of course, glorious wild birds, brilliant in their feathered plumage, call her native wildlife garden home. Maria's garden is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" and also by Monarch Watch as a "Monarch Waystation" and has been on display in several East End garden tours.
Although Maria delights in her garden, her greatest joy comes from her three sons and from her four adorable grandchildren.
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 lives in East Quogue with her collie Christie and all of her "wild-friends.