Kingfisher Journey- Marina Richie

My book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher, is published and available for purchase now! Please see my NEWS page for details.

NEWS: May 2022

Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher HAS ARRIVED! Ask your local bookstore to order copies. And your library, too. Or order from OSU Press.

If you want a signed copy mailed to you: contact me for ordering information. My email:

My Upcoming Presentations for Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

Wednesday, June 1, Oregon Wild, 6 -7 pm Webinar. Please register for the free event!

Thursday, June 16, Klamath Bird Observatory, 6-7 pm Webinar

Tuesday, June 21, The Write Question, noon radio interview

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

Thursday, June 23, Fact and Fiction Bookstore, 7-8 pm, Reading and Signing Book Launch week, Missoula

Thursday, June 30, Annie Blooms Bookstore, Portland Zoom (details coming)

Saturday, July 9, Wild Birds Unlimited, book signing, Bend, Oregon

Thursday, July 21, Paulina Books, Sisters, Oregon, reading and signing

More to come…

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.

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

 2021: My article appears in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Birdwatching Magazine:  New tracking tools reveal bird migration secrets

Cooper with warbler

December 2020 update

  • Read my story in Columbia Insight: The Secret Power of Old Growth
  • I have a Kingfisher essay in Placed: An Encyclopedia of Central Oregon
  • See the fact sheet  I wrote on the Blue Mountains Trail for Greater Hells Canyon Council.
  • I wrote a book review of Brock Evans’ inspiring book: Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied, The Autobiography of an Eco-Warrior.
  • Interpretive panel writing is still a key part of my work and I’ll put a sneak peek photo below for a series I’m working on for the Millicoma Marsh Trail with artist Ram Papish–these will be tiles that wrap around on posts (that will blend in with the watery environment like pier posts!).
  • And..I’m savoring a bit of praise from Oregon poet Kim Stafford who so generously read my latest batch of poems in a November blog and took time to send an encouraging note: “What beautiful work, Marina. It makes my day to see your singing and saying here even as the days darken into winter.”


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October 2020 update

Marks Creek- beaver dam beauty

My essay, “Ode to the Kingfisher,” was published in THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays (hard copy Summer/Fall 2020). My gratitude to the wonderful editor, Brian Palmer.


June update: The 2020 Issue of Birdwatching Magazine, features my piece,  “Releasing Hope into the World: A bird-banding station on the Appalachian Trail sits at the intersection of hiking, science, and wonder.” (Big Bald).

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I have a feature in this issue of Birdwatching Magazine!

Post Road Magazine published an excerpt from my book-length manuscript on the belted kingfisher. (March 2020).

WILD  ā€“ TINY SEED LITERARY JOURNAL published a little poem of mine. Website here.

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I wrote an essay about my father Dave Richie’s legacy for A.T. Journeys — the “Parting Thought” piece for the Winter 2020 edition.  PDF here: Parting Thought ATJ Winter 2020Screen Shot 2020-05-02 at 3.55.30 PM

Interpretive Graphics features our award-winning Oregon Islands NWR project, where I served as the lead writer and co-project manager. Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 7.52.25 AM

Three cheers for mussels! Read my NWF Blog: Mussels Finally Have Their Day. Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 7.55.33 AM

Check out the Plant Heroes website.  In November and December of 2019, I worked with Marisol Mata of the American Public Gardens Association to revise the video script, characters, and quests to be ecological. So much fun! Here’s an example of one of my character rewrites:Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 8.12.54 AM

Celebrated my first public reading from my kingfisher manuscript:

Sunning of Stories

Screen Shot 2019-10-13 at 7.46.28 PMWE WON! Our great team took first place for our extensive series of wayside exhibits for the Oregon Islands NWR.  I served as the interpretive writer and site project manager.   We’re on TV too! Read more HERE.  And look at all the panels in one place HERE. 



I’m delighted to write for A.T. Journeys, he beautiful magazine of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy–carrying on a bit of my father’s legacy with the A.T. and excited to be part of the Wild East .

July 2019 Cover Story for the A.T. Journeys:  Time Travel in the Wild East

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Wild Skyway: The Trail is an essential migratory route and a safe refuge for numerous species of North America’s Birds. (Winter 2019 feature article)

Part One: Wild Skyway

Part Two: Can the A.T. Save Birds in Peril?

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 2019: National Wildlife Federation Blogs for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act are listed under my author name, plus this one onbats.

Center for Humans and Nature published my Junco Rescue blog.

New Interpretive Panels

Six panels for Sonoma County Regional Park for coastal access trailheads near The Sea Ranch with designer Maja Smith.

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November/December 2019: Tincup Creek Restoration (Ram Papish artist/designer, and Interpretive Graphics as main contractor).

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September, 2019: Tree Canopy Walk for the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences–teaming up with the talented Maja Smith. 10 panels. Loved this project! Here are our happy clients holding up the welcome panel: 20190918_103825

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Summer, 2019,  Wrote wildlife panels for USFWS in Alabama. A delight to work with artist Ram Papish, and John Peters of Interpretive Graphics. Here is one of the three:Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 5.41.03 AM

February 26th, 2019-Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Meets its Mark! I  wrote the report on behalf of 50 partners, working closely with Mary Phillips of National Wildlife Federation, and designer Maja Smith,(photo below from my own pollinator garden in Bend, Oregon). To directly download the report, click here.


October 4th, 2018 update:

Oregon Islands NWR interpretive panels are installed and you can see the 66 unique panels (and there are 23 additional panels that are duplicates) at 24 locations along the Oregon coast –from Ecola State Park (near Cannon Beach) to Harris Beach State Park  (in Brookings). I served as the writer and project co-manager, working with a great team–John Peters (co-manager, owner of Interpretive Graphics-fabrication), Maja Smith (designer), Ram Papish (artist), Seth Lucas (installer), Mike Graybill (planner), and Sandra Murphy (initial planning, editing).  Here’s a link on Maja’s website to show a few of the panels. Here I am “helping” with one installation at Simpson Reef.IMG_4381

May 21, 2018:

My latest National Wildlife Federation Blogs:  Four new blogs since the last update. Read about the sea otter, spotted skunk, hummingbird, and why salamanders love vernal pools.

Sea otter with cub (courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium)

April 4th, 2018: 

Elephants: After writing Tea for Elephants, UM effort uses inspired business idea to protect an endangered species, I got inspired myself. I’m now representing certified Elephant Friendly Tea TM  in Oregon and so far we have two tea companies in Bend, Oregon, signed on with more interest too.  You can buy Tenzing tea from Metolius Artisan Tea here.  Stay posted for Inspired Leaf tea company’s upcoming sales. Find out more about certified Elephant Friendly Tea and Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

Poetry: “Tesselation” was accepted and published in NatureWriting.

National Wildlife FederationNine more Blogs —Read about monarch butterflies, flying squirrels, turtles, golden-winged warblers, wildlife champions, and the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

Hells Canyon: My masters’s journalism thesis from so long ago is online! It’s called Troubled Waters, Threatened Forests. Still relevant today I believe and the passion behind my role as the 2018 president of the board of directors for Greater Hells Canyon Council.


December 15th, 2017:  New Blog for National Wildlife Federation  on the Swift Fox on a big day–Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced in Congress.


October 2: I’m blogging for National Wildlife Federation– see the bald eagle story for 4th of July and more to come.bald-eagle_PCDonated_Derek-Brusse_header-1400x700

The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge interpretive panel project is coming along beautifully-. We will install 74 panels  at high-visitation state parks and waysides along 320 miles of the Oregon coast this spring!

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See a few more examples of the interpretive panels I’m writing for the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge,

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East Lostine River-enroute to Mirror Lake

April 17: Save the Lostine River Corridor! See my Blog for the Outdoor Project.

April 7: See the latest issue of University of Montana’s Vision Magazine for my cover story about Toby Spribille and John McCutcheon: UM UNVEILS BOLD LICHEN DISCOVERY (PDF) or the ONLINE VERSION.

March 27 – New Blog for Hells Canyon Preservation Council: Protecting the Places We Love.




February is all about why native plants are so important for sustaining birds, and butterflies too. As days grow longer and spring edges nearer, it’s time to think about adding native trees shrubs and flowers to your yard that will sustain a bounty of insects that in turn will support a multitude of our native birds.

Birdwatching Magazine a features my story in its new April issue, “Why Native Plants Attract Bird,” featuring several amazing individuals I  interviewed when writing on the subject for Audubon.  I was very fortunate to interview University of Delaware Professor Doug Tallamy author of the landmark book:  Bringing Nature Home.

Last year, Birdwatching Daily  featured a letter I wrote to them on What Malheur Means to Me and prior to that the magazine featured a story I wrote on the Belted Kingfisher (under my given name of Deborah Richie).


Here are a few more related Blogs to Birds & Native Plants & What We Can Do to Help. Here’s to making tangible differences daily:

Celebrating the Gifts of Birds and the People Who Help Them

Butterfly Man of Santa Fe

Of Monarchs, Marathons & Migration

Terresa Carter-bird-friendly
Read more about Terresa in the current issue of Birdwatching Magazine and here.


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