Welcome to Rick Marsi Online

For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:


  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond


Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Marsi

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Listing of October sightings in "Diary"
Click on a new feature at left - "Bonus Content" - for recent photos of Rick's September trip to Finland.
Wild Vines in October

Virginia Creeper berries are beautiful but toxic to humans. Wild birds eat them with no ill effects, as do mice, skunks, chipmunks, squirrels and deer.


Virginia Creeper is sometimes mistaken for Poison Ivy, but creeper leaves have five leaflets and poison ivy leaves have three.

Asiatic Bittersweet. Beautiful but invasive. This vine can grow 50 feet tall. In doing so, it twines around its host plant, eventually over-topping it and depriving it of sunlight. 

Poison Ivy. Even in fall, this vine's three shiny leaflets make it easy to identify. Wildlife species have no problem eating the berries.

Wild Grape. This native vine also will shade out the tree it is growing on. It is a native plant, however, and it's fruits are prized by many birds and mammals.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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