John Moir - About John




NY Times

Writer’s Digest editor Zac Petit accompanied me on a visit to the Gray Lady, which led to writing for the NYT’s science section.


John Moir is an author and environmental journalist whose special interest is the preservation of biodiversity.

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, Writer’s Digest, Poets and Writers, Catamaran Literary Reader, and elsewhere.

His narrative nonfiction book, RETURN OF THE CONDOR: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction, tells the riveting and controversial story of one of the most dramatic attempts to save a species from extinction in the history of modern conservation. In addition, Moir is the author of the nonfiction book JUST IN CASE and has contributed to three anthologies.

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. His website is http://jmoir.com/

Moir’s writing awards and honors include:

  • First place for Narrative Profile from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2012.
  • Grand prize winner in the Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition, 2009. Read an interview with him at Writers Digest.
  • Finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize from Stanford University for RETURN OF THE CONDOR, 2008.
  • Honored with a National Association of Science Writers “Science-in-Society” award for RETURN OF THE CONDOR, 2007
  • First place for nonfiction, East of Eden Writing Conference at the National Steinbeck Center, 2004.
  • Grand Prize winner, William Saroyan Writer’s Conference, 2004.
  • First place for fiction, East of Eden Writing Conference at the National Steinbeck Center, 2002.
  • First place for short story, California Writer’s Conference, 1999.
  • Selected as a judge for the 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors annual awards.

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