Meet the Minetors


The Tally

Randi’s North American

Life List : 538 species

Nic’s North American

Life List: 520 species

Most recent life bird:



States visited:

Randi: 47

Nic: 49

National Parks visited: 305

Most recent:

Gila Cliff Dwellings, Silver City, NM


Crisscrossing America since 2000 in a quest to see all 50 states, 408 national parks, and more than 900 species of birds, Randi and Nic Minetor bring their expertise and their love of the wilderness, American history, and birding to readers who share their many passions.  

A working writer for more than 30 years, Randi is now the author of 53 books in print. When not in the field, Randi runs her own trade public relations firm and writes for dozens of trade magazines and journals.   

Nic Minetor’s photography appears in Backyard Birding, Hiking Waterfalls in New York, Scenic Routes & Byways New York, the upcoming Hiking Through History New York, in four Quick Reference Guides to the birds, trees, and wildflowers of New York City and New York State, in ten books on national parks and historic cities, and on the covers of five Best Easy Day Hikes Guides to Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and the Hudson River Valley. A professional lighting designer with more than 40 years’ experience in opera, dance, theater, movies, television, museums and galleries, Nic is the resident lighting designer for Eastman Opera Theatre and Finger Lakes Opera, and he designs for theatre productions at Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also serves as lighting director on the PBS national series “Second Opinion.”