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For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:


  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond


Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Read a description of Rick's new slide program, "The Last Wild Tigers of India", by clicking "slide shows" on the tool bar at left.
Check out a sampling of The Birds of India in "Bonus Content" at left.


View my log of January nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left.
Photos from mid-January in Central New York State. 

I marvel at the toughness of birds that can stay here in winter. Ducks are a prime example. These are Buffleheads (male on the left) I found on a pond that had not frozen over. 

Joining them were 7-8 diving ducks called Hooded Mergansers. Males are the ones sporting white "hoods". 

After very cold weather, our rivers fill with chunks of floating ice. That doesn't bother this pair of Mallards I watched feeding with their heads under water. Note the ice sliding along the hen's body. 

When the female Mallard spotted me, she did what most wild ducks do when they spy a human: depart with all possible speed. 

This is what a wooded stream looks like after 10 days of frigid weather. A trickle of moving water carries bubbles down a tiny waterfall. 

Water-tolerant Sycamores grow commonly along our rivers. Their peeling greenish-white bark gives them away. This one looked especially ghostly on a gray afternoon. 

There is no doubt that feeding birds in winter helps many of them survive. Woodpeckers - in this case a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - are especially fond of suet.

Photos by Rick Marsi

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