Welcome to Rick Marsi Online

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...

For the Love of Wetlands

From ice-out in early spring until freeze-up in late fall, this diary of daily observations chronicles Rick’s intimate encounters with hundreds of different birds, mammals, flowers and butterflies at his favorite wetland in upstate New York.

The book also contains an easy-reference index of species, plus hundreds of Rick‘s photographs and illustrations by his wife Jan.

Buy it now here for $25.00

Click on the book cover to view sample pages


"For The Love Of Wetlands" now available at these retail Locations: Taste NY store on Upper Front St., Town of Dickinson; Annie's Place, a cafe on Water St., by the light on Rte. 38 in Newark Valley, between Ithaca and Owego; Roberson Museum Shop, Front St., Binghamton; Wild Birds Unlimited, Target Plaza, Big Flats.
--------------------------------------------------------------Read my RECENT PHOTO ESSAY "Deep Winter's Walk" by clicking on "Writing" at left.

----------------------------------------------------------View three photo collections: Favorite Owls and Hummingbirds! 
by clicking "Bonus Content" at left.
View my log of January NATURE SIGHTINGS by clicking "Diary" at left.
To read about my newest slide program, "For The Love Of Wetlands" click on "Slide Shows" at left. 

Mary Gleason sent me this photo and asked if I knew what was going on. My first question to her was, "Do you have Wild Turkeys around your house?" When the answer was yes, I pieced something together. My theory is a turkey was about to land when something scared it into aborting the landing. The line through the wing marks is caused by dragging feet as the bird tries to lift its heavy body into flight.

Cottontail Rabbits leave tracks that look like two eyes, a nose and a mouth. The eyes are made by back feet, which land ahead of where the front paws (the nose and mouth) come down. Thus, the rabbit is traveling from top to bottom in this photo.

We didn't hear this bear in the night. So it was quite a surprise to see its muddy tracks all over our back deck in the morning. Nothing to eat there, but apparently worth investigating.

When beavers leave their pond to cut trees, they often create trails such as this one. The farther they have to go for food, the less appealing their home becomes. At some point, when the distance becomes too far for them to feel safe, they will abandon this pond and create another one with a more reliable food source nearby.

This was perfect snow for tracks: less than half-an-inch thick and recently fallen. These are made by Dark-eyed Juncos, with a deer mouse in the upper right.

Thank goodness for Rubber Maid. This can survived a raccoon attack on garbage night without losing its lid to marauders.

I found these beautiful raccoon prints along the bank of a stream. The flat back paw is on the left (raccoons walk flat-footed); the fingered front paw, which undoes garbage can lids, is on the right.

I couldn't bear to brush away these tracks left by a gray squirrel dashing across my driveway. The squirrel is head toward the camera. Front feet land first. Then back feet leap over them to create the wider two paw prints.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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