Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder [NOOK Book]

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Now revered as one of North America's top birders, Kenn Kaufman hit the road at age sixteen and spent a year crisscrossing the country to see as many birds as he could, in a birding competition known as a "big year." In what has become a classic among birders, this memoir chronicles the subculture of birding in the 1970s and a teenager's search for his place in the world. In a new afterword, Kaufman looks at the evolution of bird-listing since his own big year.
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Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

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Overview

Now revered as one of North America's top birders, Kenn Kaufman hit the road at age sixteen and spent a year crisscrossing the country to see as many birds as he could, in a birding competition known as a "big year." In what has become a classic among birders, this memoir chronicles the subculture of birding in the 1970s and a teenager's search for his place in the world. In a new afterword, Kaufman looks at the evolution of bird-listing since his own big year.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2013
In Kaufman's picaresque big year as a teen hitchhiker, he traveled 69,000 miles, living on less than $2,000. A coming-of-age memoir with intimations of Kerouac, Tocqueville, and Walt Whitman.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547349442
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 285,806
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

KENN KAUFMAN, originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, is one of the world's foremost naturalists.   
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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    All serious birders should read this paradigm-changing book

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kenn Kauffman's memoir about his birding experiences in the 1970s. He gives just enough details without bogging you down. For those you have seen yourself, it makes your heart smile to think about them, and for the birds you haven't seen (yet), at least you can see them in your mind. Reading the book makes you think not only about the magnificence of birds, but also the importance of conserving their environment. My husband and I have avid birders for 24 years. We've been known to brave 115-degree temperatures (after flying through the end of a hurricane) to see hummingbirds in Arizona, drive for miles on gravelly road in Minnesota to spot our first Common Loon, break rental-car rules that prohibited dirt road travel, to spot the only whooping crane in a flock of Sandhills (what a thrill!). So you would think we couldn't appreciate birds more. But you'd be wrong. While devouring Kauffman's book on my Nook, I became even more appreciative of every single bird that I see, and I'm looking at them - studying them, even - with new eyes. I'm now following him on Facebook, and still learning from him - and I'll always be grateful to him, for his memoir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    I'm just finishing an earlier edition of this saga and don't wan

    I'm just finishing an earlier edition of this saga and don't want it to end. This book has boosted me from what I thought was serious birding, to a whole new level of interest and awareness of birding. I've gone out and immediately found birds and learned bird calls and have become a better birder for it. It's not the sophistication of the writing, as it isn't,  but the enthusiasm of the birders, and the excitement I often feel at identifying a new bird, or rare one; I spotted a California Condor feeding on a carcass in a campground at Morro Strand SP.   A very good read for natural world lovers, or casual birdwatchers.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Wonderful book.

    Kingbird Highway is a wonderful coming of age story concerning a young man's love of adventure and birding. Throughout the book the reader follows Kenn Kaufmann across America and beyond in his quest to break the big year birding record. It is a great story for those who love birds and for those who just like adventure. I highly recommend it.

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