The Big Year Rare birds indeed, Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller are three colorful members of a beguiling species: the North American birder. In 1998, the… The Big Year Rare birds indeed, Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller are three colorful members of a beguiling species: the North American birder. In 1998, the… 2004-02-04 Nonfiction The Free Press
Book Review

The Big Year (2004)

The Big Year | EDITOR'S CHOICE ''Big'' things are bound to happen for this book
EDITOR'S CHOICE ''Big'' things are bound to happen for this book
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2004; Writer: Mark Obmascik; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: The Free Press

Rare birds indeed, Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller are three colorful members of a beguiling species: the North American birder. In 1998, the two wealthy retirees and one broke programmer embarked on a ''Big Year,'' a grueling quest to spot more than 700 kinds of flying fauna in 365 days, their circle's equivalent to scaling Everest. Journalist Mark Obmascik's terrifically penned story, The Big Year, nimbly recounts both the expensive antics of our zealous heroes (they helicopter over mountains, bicycle in the Aleutians, and barf on coastal cruises) and a history of the hobby itself. The ''Orchid Thief''-like result is a real kick -- as much for people who use bird as a verb as for folks who don't know a chuck-will's-widow from a whiskered auklet.

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints
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