Slide Programs

Scroll down to read about Rick's new programs, Low Country Journal, The Last Wild Tigers of India, River Wildlife 101, The Changing Face of Nature, The Mystery of Migration and more.

For 35 years, Rick’s slide programs on the outdoors and travel have won him praise as a photographer and lecturer. Rick continues that tradition today, offering a number of presentations. Subjects range from exotic fishing destinations to the birds in your backyard. All programs feature Rick’s magazine-quality photos, accompanied by his informative, insightful, and oftentimes humorous, commentary.

If you are planning a meeting, dinner or other special occasion, and want to guarantee its success, booking Rick as a speaker assures it.

Prices start at $85 for senior centers. Factors causing the cost to increase are size of group, distance from home, time of day (evenings cost more than daytime) and day of the week (weekends cost more than weekdays). Contact Rick via "contact us" on the home page for more information. These slide presentations currently are available:

Low Country Journal
Exploring South Carolina’s Beaches and Lowland Forests

Join Rick as he walks South Carolina’s winter braches, hikes through live oak forests draped in Spanish Moss and paddles along channels that meander through hundreds of miles of tidal salt marsh. On his travels, Rick stops to collect seashells, lies on his back photographing trees “from the ground up” and eavesdrops on the daily lives of the Low Country’s cast of wildlife characters: sandpipers, oystercatchers, dolphins, alligators and so many more.

River Wildlife 101
Rivers and the banks surrounding them boast a treasure-trove of wildlife. But as a kayaker, canoeist, angler or river bank walker, can you identify the birds, flowers, trees and tracks you encounter? If not, this is your program. Rick has been traveling the rivers of Central New York for 40 years. His photos and commentary will highlight their most impressive creatures and offer insight as to how they’ve adapted to life in a watery world.

The Last Wild Tigers of India
Few sights in nature can rival that of Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. I discovered this while visiting several Indian national parks in which tigers are protected and allowed to roam free. During my visits, I encountered 14 individual cats, some very close to the open jeep in which I photographed them - swimming, running, sleeping, snuggling - just being tigers in the wild. In addition to meeting multiple tigers, viewers of this program will meet many of the birds and mammals that share space with these cats in their world.

My Susquehanna 
Rick has canoed hundreds of miles on the Susquehanna River, from its headwaters in Cooperstown to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. His program will take you on several canoe trips, stopping along the way to meet river people and talk about river issues. Traveling with Rick, you will come to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Susquehanna and the numerous challenges it faces.

Wheel of Seasons
Named after Rick’s first book of collected columns, this program follows nature through the seasons in upstate New York. Photos include strutting wild turkey gobblers, drilling pileated woodpeckers and lady slippers in bloom. A wonderful tribute to nature in the Northeast. 

The Changing Face of Nature
Nature knows nothing about status quo. Southern Tier flora and fauna constantly are adapting to changes in climate, land use and conservation practices. Which creatures will thrive, and which new ones will arrive, as we push through a new century? Rick's program will focus on a number of species and explain how and why they are increasing or disappearing locally. 

The Mystery of Migration
Migration. The word alone transports us to faraway places. In this program, featuring Rick’s award-winning photos, the focus is on migrants Southern Tier residents can see on their local rivers and lakes, observe overhead and encounter on a walk through the forest. Where are these birds coming from? Where are they headed? Which ones will stop here and spend the winter or breeding season? And what about other creatures – frogs, salamanders, butterflies and dragonflies? Do they migrate? Find out all the answers in this new and informative program.

A Lifetime of Trails                                                                               I put this program together especially for the Adirondack Mountain Club, given their love for hiking. However, I'm confident it will become one of my most popular programs. It chronicles a lifetime of trails I've followed - some through forest, others down mountains, others on dirt roads, others on boardwalks through wetlands. Life is a trail, and this program gives you a peak into my long and winding road through nature.

Day in the Life of a Wetland                                                               Few ecosystems can match a Southern Tier wetland for diversity of flora and fauna. Herons, turtles, frogs, wood ducks – the list of species dependent on local wetlands seems endless. Get to know how local wetlands work and what creatures inhabit them through Rick Marsi’s educational and entertaining narrative. Rick’s magazine-quality photos illustrate the program. 

Behind the Lens - 40 Years of Nature Photography                         Rick has been publishing his photos and showing them to audiences since the early 1970s. In this retrospective, he has chosen a group of his favorite pictures - some from his yard, others from around the world; some taken decades ago, others on his most recent woods walk. Each photograph tells a story and highlights a particular shooting technique. Rick tells those stories and shares those techniques in this program.


Southern Tier Wildlife 101                                                               How well do you know your local birds, mammals, trees, flowers, frogs and other creatures? If you would like to know them better, this introduction should do the trick. Illustrating dozens of species with his magazine-quality photos, Rick discusses the "essential" members of the Southern Tier wildlife community. From red oaks to red efts, the flora and fauna Rick describes will add to your appreciation of this region's rivers, fields and forests and the creatures inhabiting them.

Beaver Pond 
When beavers create wetland habitat, we perceive them as good. When they chop our shade trees, we despise them. Rick has totally reworked this time-honored program, adding dozens of new photos that provide a close-up look at the beaver’s private life, and the watery world it creates. 


From a tiny hummingbird to a 20-pound strutting Tom turkey, wild birds intrigue and inspire us. Rick has been watching and photographing them for more than three decades. Come along with him as he describes his favorites in this who’s-who of Northeastern birds. Informative as well as eye-catching, “Birds” explores the lives of hawks, owls and herons, along with popular back yard songbirds. During the program, Rick shares interesting facts about all of them. You’ll also learn how to identify birds in the field, tell them by their calls and attract them to yards and bird feeders.

Wild River Journal
From his “hometown” waters in upstate New York, to the wildest and most beautiful rivers on Earth, Rick has paddled, rafted, sailed and motored downstream for thousands of miles worldwide. Join him on this river journey, during which he draws from journal entries to recount eagle, hippo and crocodile encounters, hailstorms and sunrises, campfires and riverside toasts made with new and old friends. You’ll come away wanting to float on a river, or preserve one for others to paddle.

Attracting Birds Through the Year 
There’s much more to attracting birds than putting up a sunflower feeder. Maximizing the birdlife around your home also requires creating an entire bird-friendly ecosystem. Such an ecosystem should include natural plantings that provide food year-round, different feeders for different bird types, a reliable water source and adequate cover for shelter and nesting. Illustrated by Rick’s excellent photos, this program addresses all these requirements in a manner that provides abundant information while inspiring you to make improvements that will attract not only birds to your property but butterflies and other forms of desirable wildlife.

How to Take Great Nature Photographs 
In sharing some of his most compelling images, Rick will discuss isolating your subject; creating captivating focal points, the importance of perspective; maximizing design elements in photos, the importance of light and other subjects. He will also reveal a number of favorite shooting locations, describe the best time of year to shoot various seasonal phenomena and describe his shooting techniques. 
Through this presentation, you will learn where, when and how to shoot the best lady slippers, migrating waterfowl, and strutting wild turkey gobblers. 
This program is well-suited to everyone from “point-and-shoot” photographers to advanced amateurs. 

Fish Bums I Have Known and Loved 
An avid angler his entire adult life, Rick has stalked bonefish on the flats of Belize, waded Montana trout rivers and surf casted for bluefish and striped bass at Montauk Point. This humorous, heartfelt ode to the joys of fishing and camaraderie is a wonderful presentation for any outdoor organization. 



Argentina: The Andes to Tierra del Fuego

Argentina isn't just fine wine and the tango. It is a wonderful nature destination. Join Rick on a tour of mountains, glaciers, lakes and windswept coastlines as his quality photographs transport you to South America's second largest country. Beginning in Buenos Aires, Rick criss-crosses this land of contrast, hiking through Andean foothills, rafting on wilderness rivers, exploring the wilds of Patagonia and discovering penguin rookeries near the world's southernmost city of Ushuaia.

A Walk Through the Rain (and Cloud) Forest 
Choosing photos from Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Trinidad and Ecuador, Rick takes you from the lowest Amazonian rain forests to the highest Andean cloud forests. Along the way, he shows award-winning photos of scarlet macaws, resplendent quetzals, howler monkeys and dugout canoes. Through this program, Rick will help you better understand the complexity of tropical forests and why they are worth preserving.

Lapland - Exploring Europe's Last Wilderness
Recently traveling the length of Finland before entering Norway and the High Arctic, Rick finally ran out of real estate at 70 degrees North on the coast of the Barents Sea. During his journey he photographed great gray owls, heard haunting calls of curlews and cranes, explored pristine lakes, scanned wetlands alive with waterfowl and walked beside tundra ponds occupied by loon pairs.
In his slide program, Rick relives his journey to this vast, yet overlooked, natural wonder. His presentation features magazine-quality photos of Atlantic puffins, golden plovers, rushing rivers, wilderness forests and Arctic coastlines that make this area unique and unforgettable. 

Afloat on the Sea of Cortez
Separating the Baja Peninsula from mainland Mexico, the Sea of Cortez features whales, dolphins and numerous uninhabited islands populated by iguanas, chuckwallas, shrikes and other intriguing flora and fauna. Rick recently  spent a week on the Sea of Cortez traveling nearly 500 miles on the National Geographic Seabird in search of photos for this program. His close-ups of marine mammals, blue-footed boobies, cactus-eating lizards and even a rattle-less rattlesnake will make you feel like you’ve been on this journey,

Exploring Alaska's Inside Passage                                                   You can do it by cruise ship, float plane, kayak, yacht or a skiff. Rick has employed all these conveyances to photograph and experience one of the world's most beautiful places. From breaching whales to spawning salmon to glaciers calving into the sea, his camera documents a deep water wilderness few get to see so intimately and so far from human disturbance. 

Hiking Peru: Machu Pichu to the Amazon                                     The contrasts are striking: Snow-covered Andean peaks vs. hot humid tropical forests. Peru has both, and this program shows them in depth. Machu Pichu's mysterious and beautiful ruins on a mist-enshrouded morning; the Amazon River at sunrise, 100 miles downriver from the nearest road or airport; deep forest trails filled with monkeys and birds; mountain passes with heavy snow falling. These images, and many more, make up a program designed to provide an inside look at the natural beauty Peru offers hikers and river boat travelers. 

Afloat on a Russian River 
Join Rick as a group of his Russian friends takes him on a week-long, 70-mile kayak trip through remote countryside few, if an Americans, have seen. If you have wondered who the real Russians are, and whether they revere their natural surroundings, this presentation is for you. 

If you have ever dreamed of taking a wildlife safari to East Africa, see this program. Rick spent three weeks recently in Tanzania, photographing lions, leopards, elephants and abundant birdlife in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha National Park and other locations. His program will help you better appreciate the beauty of Africa’s creatures, as well as the country in which they live. You’ll also get a feel for what safaris are like: the lodges, guides, vehicles and scenery that make such voyages trips of a lifetime.

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