In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

A female belted kingfisher perched on a branch

Whether hovering or diving from a branch, a belted kingfisher's headfirst plunge to snap fish near the surface is swift and precise. The jay-sized birds flourish across North America where water is clean, and in places with plentiful fish, perches, and coveted earthen nest banks. Oregon's many rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, and coastal bays offer refuge for this dazzling bird. Oregon author Marina Richie joined us for an evening of stories and excerpts from her new book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher – a first-person narrative threading natural history, myth, and memoir, which features 16 illustrations by Oregon artist Ram Papish.

Additionally, if you'd like to buy Marina's new book Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher use our promo code ORWILD for 25% off and free shipping through the OSU Press website, valid 06/01/22 through 06/15/22.