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Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
One woman . . . one year . . . 723 species of birds. . .


In 2008, Lynn Barber's passion for birding led her to drive, fly, sail, walk, stalk, and sit in search of birds in twenty-five states and three provinces. Travelingmore than175,000 miles, she set a twenty-first century record at the time, second to only one other person in history.


Over 272 days, Barber observed 723 s
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Texas A&M University Press
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Emily Crow
So for all you non-birders out there, a "big year" is someone's effort to see as many birds as possible in one calendar year in a given area. Obviously this involves both a degree of commitment (obsession?) and lucre not shared by most birders. Personally, I enjoy reading these tales but am never tempted to emulate them. Finances aside, jamming a decade's worth of travel into just one year seems a bit exhausting.

Otherwise, like many first-person birding accounts, the writing was rather dry, but
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Madelle
Dec 18, 2011 Madelle rated it really liked it
This book is really 3 1/2 stars. Lynn Barber set out to become the first woman to do a Big Year which is seeing the greatest number of birds in North America. The record is about 738 by a man. While I appreciated her attention to detail, it was too much detail for me. She is impressive in that she finished her Big Year and took almost all of the beautiful photographs of birds in the book. Her husband was most supportive as he mortaged their house and she was gone for most of the year. Wow!
Denis
May 12, 2014 Denis rated it really liked it
While some of the birding stories I read are meant for a wider public, this one is pretty bird geeky, and will be of limited interest to someone who isn't interested in the length and depth of birds she looked for.

Personally, I thought it was great. Non-birders would get much more from "The Big Year", "To See Every Bird on Earth", or even "Kingbird Highway".
Gretchen
Apr 13, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
A woman's Big Year indeed. As an avid birder myself, I couldn't put this book down (even though I knew the ending). THe amount of effort and time it took to reach over 700 species is staggering, and the amount of driving to catch those rare birds! But it sounded like Lynn enjoyed the whole experience and shared many great moments with birding friends and guides. Loved it.
Venessa
Jan 02, 2013 Venessa rated it liked it
If you enjoy birds and birding, you'll enjoy this book chronicling Lynn Barber's Big Year, in which she became the record holding woman big year birder, 3rd in line overall.
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