Kingfisher Journey- Marina Richie

Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher- 2022 National Outdoor Book Award winner



This is superb nature writing: engrossing, enlightening and illuminating – and heralds the introduction of a new, powerful voice of the genre.“- National Outdoor Book Award, 2022, Journeys category

“Richie is a gifted storyteller, and the many threads weave together seamlessly. The result is what I describe as deep birding.”– Matt Miller, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy and editor of the Cool Green Science blog

January 2023 News Flash: Halcyon Journey book review by Aisha White for American Birding Association:

December 2022 News Flash: Radio Interview- The Write Question: Bird is the word: Grief, curiosity, and aerial ramming in Marina Richie’s ‘Halcyon Journey’

I’m happy to sign and mail a copy: Contact me for ordering information. My email:


Saturday, January 28, 2023, 1-3 pm. Nature Writing Workshop, Public Library Downtown, Bend, Oregon

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Roseburg Public Library & Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, Facebook Live Streaming Event

February 17-20, 2023, Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls-Saturday speaker.

Saturday, February 25, 2 pm, Newport Public Library–co-presenting with Ram Papish, the book’s illustrator. Newport, Oregon.

Thursday, March 16, 2023, Presentation for Audubon Society of Corvallis, Oregon

Thursday, April 13, Wenatchee River Institute, Red Barn Event, Washington, and nature writing workshop offered earlier in the day

Thursday, April 20, 2023, Presentation for Blue Mountain Audubon, Walla Walla, WA

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Presentation for Lane County Audubon, Eugene, OR

More Halcyon Journey News

Read a book review of Halcyon Journey by Aisha White for American Birding Association (January 1, 2023): “The Curious and Striking Belted Kingfisher.”

Listen to a half-hour interview with Lauren Korn on The Write Question (Aired December 29, 2022)

Portland KGW TV News features my book

Birdwatching Daily, November 21, 2022: Three Books about Birds Win National Outdoor Book Awards

Bend Bulletin newspaper article November 2022: Bend author dives into world of belted kingfisher in ‘Halcyon Journey’

September 1st half-hour interview on Coast Community Radio with Donna Quinn. Now available as a podcast episode of Talk of Our Towns.

Listen to my Field Note: Belted Kingfisher Community Science: A Head-Pounding Discovery

Newspaper article June 23, 2022: Search for a ‘bird of happiness’ with ‘Halcyon Journey’ author Marina Richie

Magazine article June 2022: “Why We Need a Naturalist Renaissance” my piece in Birdwatching Magazine. Also, see the Birdwatching Facebook Post

Halcyon Journey Reviews & Announcements

American Birding Association review- January 2023

National Outdoor Book Award review- November 2022

The Birding Community E-Bulletin Review– October 2022

Book Review in Montana Naturalist Fall/Winter 2022-2023

The Revelator: These Books are For the Birds, September 2022

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Ecolit Books

Amazon Book Reviews from Readers (please add yours!)

The Bird Booker Report

Birdwatching Daily

Advertisement in Living Bird Magazine, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Summer 2022 edition:

Recorded Presentations 2022

December: Half-hour Interview on Montana Public Radio’s The Write Question

October: Jackson Hole Bird & Nature Club: Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

October: Bitterbrush Chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, plus Emily Cain’s presentation on Greater Hells Canyon Council. (Note-the sound quality isn’t the best, because this was a hybrid in-person/zoom event held in Bend, Oregon).

September: Montana Book Festival, Missoula

September 1st: Coast Community Radio–half-hour interview with Donna Quinn.

June 30, Annie Bloom’s Bookstore, Portland–with author Travis Williams

June 1st Recorded Presentation for Oregon Wild: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

April: Portland Audubon Birdathon: The Secret Lives of Belted Kingfishers.

March: Deschutes Public Library: Birds of Burrows

January: Deschutes Public Library: Kingfisher Stories.

Prior Events:

Thursday, January 19, 2023, Presentation for East Cascades Audubon Society, Bend, Oregon

December 10-11, 2022, Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon. See related news story featuring my book.

Sunday, November 20, 2022, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, Oregon. Reading & signing–4 pm to 6 pm.

Saturday, October 29, 2022, Oakshire Brewing, Eugene, Oregon, Reading with fellow author Tom Titus, 4 pm.

Sunday, October 23, 2022, event at Wells Farm hosted by Vermont Family Forests, Lincoln, Vermont , 3 pm: Celebrate Kingfishers with Visiting Author Marina Richie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Bitterbrush Chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Bend, Oregon–presentation (4 to 5:30 pm at the Environmental Center) –and with Emily Cain, Greater Hells Canyon Council executive director.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6 to 7:30 p.m Mountain Time (5 to 6:30 pm PST) Jackson Hole Bird & Nature Club, Jackson, Wyoming- cosponsored with the Teton County Library. ZOOM LINK

Thursday, October 13, 2022, ReDiscovered Bookshop, Boise, Idaho, reading/presentation in partnership with Golden Eagle Audubon Society. 7 p.m. to be held at the Main Library auditorium.

September 15-18, Montana Book Festival, Missoula. Thursday, September 15th Reading. Sunday, September 18 panel: Where Humans and Wildlife Meet

Tuesday, September 20, Spokane, Washington: Reading/signing at the New Moon Art Gallery, 6 pm wine and appetizers, 7 pm reading. This event is in partnership with the Spokane Audubon Society.

Monday, September 5th (Labor Day), noon to 4 p.m., Oregon Authors Table at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. (See Bill Sullivan’s post here).

Saturday, August 20, Book & Game, Walla Walla signing

Tuesday, July 19, Eastern Oregon University, 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm, La Grande, I will teach the class Storytelling Science.

Thursday, July 21, Paulina Springs Bookstore, Sisters, Oregon, reading and signing, 6:30 pm

Saturday, July 9, Wild Birds Unlimited, book signing, Bend, Oregon, 11 am to 1 pm

Wednesday, July 13, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman (Virtual Event at 6 pm MST/5 pm PST)

Sunday, July 17, Liberty Theater Cafe, La Grande, Oregon Reading from 5:15 pm to 6 pm as part of the Lit Trail: Writing for Animals (and I will be on a panel at 7 pm at Side A Brewing).

(Tuesday, June 21, The Write Question, Note: This will air later in 2022.)

Wednesday, June 22, Montana Natural History Center In-Person Book Launch: 7-8 pm, Missoula

Thursday, June 23, Fact & Fiction Bookstore, 7-8 pm, Reading and Signing Book Launch week, Missoula, see on Facebook.


“Hidden in the Details” — feature article on the imperiled metalmark butterfly, Fall 2022, A.T. Journeys. See contributor page too.

“Suite of Life” feature article on saving ash trees on the Appalachian Trail published in the Summer 2022 Issue of A.T. Journeys

June 22, 2022, published poem in the Humans of the World Blog

Environmental Advocacy

May 2022: I created these three toolkits for gardeners, hunters and anglers, and birders for National Wildlife Federation–please join in to help pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act this Spring!

An Urgent Message for all People Who Love Birds (Blog I wrote for NWF- April 26, 2022)

March 2022 : See my opinion piece on protecting forests.

FROM 2021

I have a reflective piece on the nature of beauty on the trail, that appears in the Summer 2021 issue of A.T. Journeys, “Step Away-Step In: The Nature of Beauty on the Appalachian Trail.”

Millicoma Marsh in Coos Bay now has a lovely self-guided interpretive trail to the last best salt marsh on the bay. Working with Jamie Fereday in Coos Bay, artist Ram Papish, and the Coos tribe (among others), we are pleased to include words for animals and plant life in Hanis and Miluk. Local students added beautiful nature prints to the posts. The Trail is part of a larger educational effort for students and teachers of Coos Bay.

April 2021 Update:

Klamath Bird Observatory featured my Birdwatching Magazine Article on a blog , April 8, 2021

Read my blog for National Wildlife Federation on the wonderful conservationist leader, Mamie Parker.

Dr. Mamie Parker
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