About Rick Marsi
Rick is a freelance writer, photographer, lecturer and outdoor travel consultant. Rick graduated from Colgate University and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in India. He also has worked as an interpretive naturalist for Broome County, N.Y. and served as director of the county’s Finch Hollow Nature Center.
Since 1980, Rick has lectured and taught courses on birding, travel, forest ecology and edible wild foods at Broome Community College and Binghamton University. Between 1980 and 1999, Rick wrote a nationally syndicated nature column for Gannett News Service and contributed hundreds of outdoor and environment stories to the Binghamton, N.Y. Press & Sun-Bulletin. During his tenure at the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rick won 12 Associated Press writing contest awards, including 1st place awards for both column and feature writing. Excerpts from Rick’s column were quoted in James Kilpatrick’s nationally syndicated column on good writing. Rick resumed writing his column for the Press in 2002.
As a photographer and lecturer, Rick has given hundreds of slide programs on various outdoor-related subjects. He is a former 1st Place winner in both the Outdoor Writer's of America Photo and Writing Contests.
His photographs have appeared in Sports Afield, Men's Health, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birder’s World, Reader’s Digest Books and other publications.
Rick is the author of five books – Wheel of Seasons, Once Around the Sun, A Doctor's Life, Bridge to Borovichi and Log Cabin Year - as well as numerous magazine articles. The recipient of many writing and photography awards, Rick has written regularly on the outdoors and travel for the book division of Reader’s Digest. He served as a consultant and contributing author for the popular Reader’s Digest Book of North American Birds. He has written a number of stories for the Reader’s Digest series, Explore America. Other Reader’s Digest books containing Rick’s work include See the USA The Easy Way and America’s Most Beautiful Highways.
In addition to his weekly outdoor column for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star-Gazette and the Ithaca Journal, Rick writes a column for the Waterman Outdoor Education Center in Apalachin, NY.
Awards Rick has received during his career include an Environmental Achievement Citation from the Federation of New York State Garden Clubs; communications awards from the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and the Susquehanna County, Pa. Conservation District; and a special commendation from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for a series of stories on the Susquehanna River. Rick also is the recipient of Earth Day Southern Tier's Earthstar Award, for “excellence in promoting public understanding of the natural world.” He also has received the Arts and Literature Award from New York State’s Outdoor Education Association.
In 2014, Rick gave the keynote address at induction ceremonies for Binghamton University's Phi Sigma Iota, an international foreign language honor society. In 2015, his photos were featured on information stations along walking trails on the Chenango River in Binghamton, NY. The photos highlighted the river's diverse wildlife species. Also in 2015, Rick was profiled in Colgate University's alumni magazine The Scene.
He lives in Vestal, N.Y. with his wife, Jan. They have two adult children, Stephen and Kate.