Kingfisher Journey- Marina Richie

The kingfisher is the halcyon bird. I began this Blog when following its path as a gypsy in my fourwheelcamper. I continue to seek stories of reciprocity for birds, all wildlife and wildlands. Please delve in! Contact me at


Visit this page to see a few places my writing is showing up in addition to Blogs.

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!

I’m the writer and project manager, working with a fine team of John Peters, Interpretive Graphics, designer Maja Smith, artist Ram Papish, marine biologist extraordinaire Mike Graybill, and the project began with the fine help from writer  and dear friend Sandra Murphy, too.Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 6.54.04 AM

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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