The Big Year : A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession Author:Mark Obmascik Every January 1, a quirky crowd storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year -- a grand, expensive, and occasionally vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would become a grueling battle for a new North American birding record. Bouncing from coast to coast on freneti... more »c pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities, they brave broiling deserts, bug-infested swamps, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. This unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a record so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested. Here, prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a dazzling, fun narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to win the greatest -- or maybe worst -- birding contest of all time.« less
Got birds. Story about birders engaged in a grueling battle for the North American birding record. Three obssessive birders set out on a frenetic pilgrimage in a grand, expensive and vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching.
I thought the movie looked like fun, then I learned it was based on a book of the same name. The movie didn't get good reviews, but the book did. I am so glad I got it--it was really fun and interesting about birders. There was actually some suspense about which of these three extraordinary individuals would win the Big Year! I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a pleasant read.