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Secrets of the Belted Kingfisher–Marina Richie will take us on a headfirst dive into the world of North America’s jay-sized angler: the Belted Kingfisher. This big-billed bird is the subject of her 2022 award-winning book, Halcyon Journey, In Search of the Belted Kingfisher, with 16 illustrations by artist and birder Ram Papish. The Belted Kingfisher is the 2023 Bird-of-the-Year by the American Birding Association.
Marina’s photo-filled presentation will explore why the female kingfisher is more colorful than the male and other secrets of a skittish yet familiar bird. Throughout, Marina will read brief excerpts from her book, a first-person narrative threading natural history, memoir, and myth.
Marina Richie is a nature writer living in Bend. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Montana and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. She serves as board president for the Greater Hells Canyon Council. In addition to Halcyon Journey, In Search of the Belted Kingfisher (winner of a 2022 National Outdoor Book Award), she is the author of the children’s books Bird Feats of Montana and Bug Feats of Montana. Her articles and essays have appeared in Birdwatching Magazine, A.T. Journeys, Post Road Magazine, books, blogs (National Wildlife and Audubon), and other publications. She pens a bi-monthly nature blog on her website: marinarichie.com.
This LCAS Program will be available in person as well as via Zoom. The location is Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street, near Skinner’s Butte. The Zoom link will be available one week before the event here and on the LCAS Facebook page.