Mcardoza   Monica Cardoza

Monica Cardoza

location-pin Ridgewood, New Jersey

School: Pace University

Expertise: Birding, Gardening, Butterflies and Bugs, Outdoor Lifestyle, Backyard Wildlife

Monica Cardoza

  • Editor, The New York Times Syndicate, 6 years
  • Member, Outdoor Writers Association of America (since 2019)
  • Member, Garden Communicators International (since 2022)
  • Member, Native Plant Society of New Jersey (since 2018)
  • Programs chair for a 107-acre nature preserve in northern New Jersey, The Celery Farm
  • Bylines in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Audubon, Better Homes & Gardens, Next Avenue, Sierra, Rails to Trails Conservancy, New Jersey Monthly, and Birds & Blooms.


Monica Cardoza is a freelance writer covering outdoor recreation and conservation with bylines in The Washington Post, Audubon, Sierra, and New Jersey Monthly. She has a journalism degree from New York University and a master's in publishing from Pace University. She's a former editor for The New York Times Syndicate, and a current member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Garden Communicators International, and the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. She volunteers as programs chair for a 107-acre nature preserve in northern New Jersey, The Celery Farm. As part of Monica's passion for encouraging Birds & Blooms readers to explore and understand their outdoors, she interviews conservationists, scientists and leaders specializing in birding and plants. Among her favorite articles she's written for Birds & Blooms are pieces about backyard optics, creating a safe yard for hummingbirds, and the women behind Birdability, which seeks to make birding more accessible.


  • Master's degree in publishing, Pace University
  • Journalism degree, New York University

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