Kingfisher Journey- Marina Richie

Author: Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher (2022, Oregon State University Press)


Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

“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

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


Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jackson Hole Bird & Nature Club, Jackson, Wyoming–presentation & reading, co-sponsored with the Teton County Library. (Zoom only).

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.

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.

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

December 10-11, Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon

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

February 17-20, 2023, Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls–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

Wednesday, April 12, Wenatchee River Institute, Red Barn Event, Washington

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

More Halcyon Journey news

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: Search for a ‘bird of happiness’ with ‘Halcyon Journey’ author Marina Richie

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

Reviews & Announcements

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

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

March: Deschutes Public Library: Birds of Burrows

January: Deschutes Public Library: Kingfisher Stories.

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

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

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

Prior Events:

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.


“Suite of Life” Article on Saving Ash Trees on the Appalachian Trail published in the Summer 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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