Rick Cech: Changing the Way We Appreciate Birds and Butterflies
Rick Cech (pronounced Check) is the principal author and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide (Princeton, 2005). He wrote "A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area," and co-authored the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida. A life-long field observer, Cech brings innovative perspectives to the study and appreciation of natural history. He played a formative role in the Sibley Guide series, as well as the National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds. He has been a frequent contributor of articles and photographs to American Butterflies, and edited The Anglewing, an early NABA publication.
Rick's photography is widely published, in articles and books (including more than 950 in Butterflies of the East Coast) as well as in photo exhibits and displays. He has led nature trips since the early 1980s, and makes regular presentations to natural history and botanical organizations across the country.
Cech's work emphasizes butterfly biology and ecological considerations, stressing the importance of conservation and the protection of vanishing species and habitats. Some of his specific accomplishments include the following:
Rick Cech Biography
Natural History Author
Natural History Consulting
Natural History Photography