Writings & Photography of Jim Murtagh

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The Writings & Photography of Jim Murtagh

my Bio

"Written By" - what a magical pair of words! My first "written by" appeared in a newsletter for a fishing club when I was about 14 years old. It was, and still is, exhilarating to see my name in print. I can hardly contain my excitement when one of my articles hits the newsstands. I quickly flip through the pages, and when I find my story, a smile overcomes my face. I'm happy.

My style has remained pretty consistent throughout my career. I try to engage my reader through descriptive language and photography, so that they can share the excitement and awe that constantly fills me as I experience the outdoors. I am a firm believer that it is beneficial for a person to venture out in the dark, stand in freezing rain, and watch salamanders emerge from their winter dens to begin their spring migration ritual. Equally important, everyone needs to dig for quahog clams in the sand with their toes, chase a monarch butterfly, tag a horseshoe crab, and watch a bird takes its first leap from the nest.

When a family decides to try geocaching, or a dad takes his kids clamming, because they read one of my stories, I am filled with joy.

My Writing and Photography Credits

My professional career has been dominated by engineering, though I did start out as a technical writer creating User's Manuals and marketing literature. I also had the unique opportunity to work three years for a weekly newspaper writing a nature column and taking sports photos. My work is primarily freelance these days. I don't keep track, but I have about 100 publishing credits for writing and about twice that for photography.

  • Birds & Blooms Magazine
  • CT Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mystic Aquarium & Institute For Exploration
  • A Place Called Hope
  • Guiding Eyes For The Blind
  • Guilford Public Schools
  • CT Farm Bureau
  • Shore Line Times
  • Branford Review
  • Pictorial Gazette
  • Clinton Recorder
  • East Haven Advertiser
  • Southern CT Conference
  • Fish Finder Magazine
  • Sullivan County Sportsman's Guide
  • Lewisburg Merchant
  • Guilford Fund For Education
  • Pentax of America
  • Audubon Society - Menunkatuck



  • Master of Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
  • Professional Culinary Training Program


  • Google Certified Trainer
  • Google Apps Certified Administrator
  • Google Essential Apps Certified Educator
  • Google for Education Chromebooks Certificate

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Jim Murtagh