The Tally


Randi’s North American 

Life List : 545 species

Nic’s North American 

Life List: 534 species

Most recent life bird:


Cordilleran Flycatcher

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


Cordilleran Flycatcher

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

States visited:

Randi:  47

Nic: 49

National Parks visited: 321

Most recent: 

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 


Contact Us



randi @ minetor (dot) com

(585) 737-3449





Randi Minetor 



nic @ minetor (dot) com

(585) 737-8644 





Meet the Minetors


Crisscrossing America since 2000 in a quest to see all 50 states, 421 national parks, and more than 900 species of North American birds, Randi and Nic Minetor bring their expertise and their love of the wilderness, American history, birding, and nature to readers who share their many passions.   

A working writer for more than 30 years, Randi is now the author of more than 60 books in print, including a number of ghostwriting projects for entrepreneurs and executives on topics ranging from divorce mediation to caregiving for Alzheimer's patients. She writes reference books found in high school and college libraries around the world, and business books on a number of topics. When not in the field, Randi writes for trade magazines and journals in the fields of theatre technology, medicine, and municipal utilities.    

Nic Minetor’s photography appears in Birding New England, Backyard Birding, Hiking New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, Hiking Waterfalls in New York, Scenic Routes & Byways New York, Hiking Through History New York, in eight Quick Reference Guides to the birds, trees, and wildflowers of New York City, New York State, and the Mid-Atlantic Region, 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 he designs for theatre productions at Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.