Kingfisher Journey- Marina Richie

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


Nature Writing Workshops

I offer workshops on the craft of nature writing. Please contact me for bookings: Email:


Come to Your Senses –Saturday, May 13, 1-3 pm Redmond, Oregon–hosted by the Deschutes Public Library

Come to Your Senses—Saturday, May 20, 1-3 pm, Klamath Falls—hosted by the Klamath Falls Public Library

Two-hour class I taught at the Bend Public Library, January 28, 2023. (photos by Mary Gallagher)


Writing Services

I specialize in theme-driven prose, snappy verbs, and audience-targeted writing. I enjoy interviewing scientists and translating their significant work into layperson terms.  I often write about birds, wildlife, native plant gardening, wilderness, wild rivers, ancient forests, climate change, sustainability, and ultimately–hope for our planet. And yes–I sprinkle in poetry in my blogs, too.

My services include writing interpretive panels, brochures, reports, articles, essays, opinion, and longer publications.

Editing Services

As a longtime writer and now the book author of the award-winning Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher, I’ve valued editors who shape, guide, critique, eliminate wordiness, and retain my voice and style. That’s my intent as well. My editing ranges from revising, rewriting, and editing longer publications for environmental organizations (see Million Pollinator Garden Challenge) to short pieces of personal prose.

Marina asks questions that help me clarify what my intentions are. She offers “better” verbs and phrases that make the work come alive. As a new writer, I feel as if I am not only perfecting individual essays but, at the same time, learning the craft of writing. ” – Nova Loverro

Please contact me.


Science Article

Overturning 150 Years of Science: Lichen Discovery (University of Montana Vision Magazine)

Nature Essay

Step Away- Step In: The Nature of Beauty on the Appalachian Trail

Book Review

Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied: The Autobiography of an EcoWarrior, by Brock Evans, 2020

Newspaper Article

The Secret Power of Old Growth (Columbia Insight)

Opinion Piece

Choose Forest Protection Over Biomass Energy (Several newspapers in Oregon, March 2022)

Blog (beyond my personal blog)

Several for National Wildlife Federation

Junco Rescue (Center for Humans and Nature)

Literary Essay

City Kingfisher (Post Road Magazine)


Farewell to Summer (Musepaper)

My Kingfisher Journey: Feature Story in June/July 2022 Issue of Birdwatching Magazine
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