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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



See photos of my encounter with a Red Fox family in "Bonus Content" at left.

View my log of May nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left. 

I will be presenting a free slide show titled "Walk in the Rain Forest" Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Depot in Newark Valley, NY. 

Photos from May...

This Blue grosbeak is the first I've seen in the USA. Photographed at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. That's about as far north as they travel. That large "grosbeak" bill indicates they are cousins of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Cardinal.

This male Hooded Merganser is following a female down the Chenango River at Chenango Valley State Park in Central New York. His white fan is fully extended because he wants to show her how handsome he is.

The challenge I face photographing Eastern Kingbirds is catching a glint of light in those very black eyes. These large flycatchers with the white banded tails are also called "Bee Martins" because they include bees in their diet.

A kayak photo, showing new leaves of Pickerel Weed appearing above the surface. Minnows and other small wetland creatures will seek shelter from predators among the stems of these plants.

This Pileated Woodpecker is digging for ants or beetles in a dead aspen tree. Females, like this one, have red crests, but the area from base of bill to just past the eye is not red. A male would show red in this area, as well as on the crest.

A highlight of recent trip to Bombay Hook Refuge: a Black-necked Stilt about to swallow a morsel it has extracted from the muddy bottom.

This Indigo Bunting gives the Blue Grosbeak a run for its money. As opposed to the grosbeak, indigos do reach central New York, where they nest in brushy fields.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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New Brown Pelican and Willet photos added to "California Birds" - (1/16/2015)

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