MilesGeek is thrilled to welcome Narca Moore-Craig to our family of writers contributing to MilesGeek. Narca will inspire the adventurer in you with her enthusiasm for travel, her exceptional nature photography and her ability to make her experiences come alive through her writing. You will be able to view Narca’s posts by selecting Footloose with Narca from the drop down menu under the Featured tab on our home page.
Narca’s lifelong passion is exploring wild nature and sharing what she discovers, through wildlife art and writing. For 30 years, she led natural history and birding tours on six continents, for companies such as Naturalist Journeys and Betchart Expeditions, and their clients, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Science, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the San Diego Zoo, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Travels have carried her from the Australian Outback to the frigid waters of Antarctica; from misty cloud forests high in the Andes, to the steamy lowland Amazon; from the shores of Lake Baikal and the oak forests of Andalusia to the savannas of Africa. Even though birds most often draw her attention, all wild creatures, flora, skyscapes, and landscapes are compelling.
Her wildlife art celebrates wild nature and our connections to place and to animals. Narca’s award-winning art has been featured in publications of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, American Birds, Birding, and Western Birds.
Dian Fossey hung in her office a portrait that Narca painted of the gorilla, Digit. Books containing her illustrations include Raptors of New Mexico, Travail of Two Woodpeckers, Raptors of North America, A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, A Birder’s Guide to Southeastern Arizona, and the cover of the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas.
Horsefeathers––Narca’s pony-sized contribution to New Mexico’s Trail of the Painted Ponies––was stabled in the rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol and in the Albuquerque airport, before being bought by a private party. The sale of Horsefeathers raised $11,000, with most of the proceeds going to Malpai Borderlands Group, a consortium of ranchers, scientists, and environmentalists who work together to restore and maintain a healthy, unfragmented western landscape. You can see examples of her work at www.narcamoorecraig.com.
Narca earned a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Riverside, in order to give greater precision and depth to her wildlife art. While there, she was the first woman to win the Jaeger Award in Field Biology, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was honored as the outstanding woman student of the graduating class of 1985. She also served as the first woman president of Western Field Ornithologists.
Now retired from tour leading, and living in the shadow of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, Narca continues to explore the wide world, and to write about nature travel for Miles Geek!
Read her first MilesGeek post now at http://www.milesgeek.com/exploring-cambodia-wild-destinations/.