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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 May nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left.
More signs of spring...

Belted Kingfishers are a rare sight in central New York during winter, but they return in large numbers come spring. This one is hovering over a wetland pool, looking for minnows. If it spies prey, it will dive to the surface with a splash, attempting to grab it with its bill.

I hope to see at least one of these birds, as they migrate through my area in spring. This is a Caspian Tern. Field marks I use to identify it include its blood-red bill and large size. It is almost two feet long from tip of bill to tip of tail. Like a kingfisher, this bird dives to the surface for food.

This might be my favorite May wildflower: the White Trillium. Unlike other trilliums, these tend to grow in large clumps. Their petals are decidedly larger than those of their cousins, the red and painted trilliums.

This Flowering Dogwood grows at the edge of a woodland near my house. While these trees are often sold at nurseries and planted in neighborhoods, they are at their most beautiful in the wild. Central New York is near the northernmost limit of their range.

As meadows in my area continue giving way to brushy fields and forest, Eastern Meadowlarks continue to decline. They will only nest in meadows that contain only grass - no wildflowers, shrubs or trees. When they fly, they alternate flapping and gliding.

Shadbush trees in my area, such as this one, have just about finished blooming by mid-May. They get their name because they bloom at the same time as a fish known as American Shad leaves the Atlantic and begins its spawning runs up rivers like the Susquehanna in Central New York.

This beauty is an Indigo Bunting. The size of a Goldfinch, and closely related, it is a seed eater. At this time of year, you can see Indigo Buntings eating the seeds of dandelions in your front yard.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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