Kingbird Highway - Kenn Kaufman (Paperback)

The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

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9780618709403
Department
Books
Released
1 Mar 2006
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Kenn Kaufman
Subtitle
The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
203 x 133 x 19mm (340g)

Annotation

One of America's leading birders recounts his trek across the country at the age of sixteen in search of birds, his efforts to set a record for the most North American species seen in a year, and how he gained a deeper understanding of the natural world, in a new edition of the classic nature study. Reprint.

Summary

At sixteen, Kenn Kaufman dropped out of the high school where he was student council president and hit the road, hitching back and forth across America, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Mexico. Maybe not all that unusual a thing to do in the seventies, but what Kenn was searching for was a little different: not sex, drugs, God, or even self, but birds. A report of a rare bird would send him hitching nonstop from Pacific to Atlantic and back again. When he was broke he would pick fruit or do odd jobs to earn the fifty dollars or so that would last him for weeks. His goal was to set a record - most North American species seen in a year - but along the way he began to realize that at this breakneck pace he was only looking, not seeing. What had been a game became a quest for a deeper understanding of the natural world. Kingbird Highway is a unique coming-of-age story, combining a lyrical celebration of nature with wild, and sometimes dangerous, adventures, starring a colorful cast of characters.

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General Subject
Nature/Ecology
BISAC Subject 1
Nature / Birdwatching Guides
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
BISAC Subject 3
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
BIC Classification 1
Travel writing
BIC Classification 2
Wildlife: birds & birdwatching
Library Subject 1
Bird watching; United States; Anecdotes.
Library Subject 2
Bird watching; Mexico; Anecdotes.
Library Subject 3
Bird watchers; United States; Biography.
Academic Subject 1
Bird Watching
Academic Subject 2
Description And Travel
Dewey Classification
598.072/3473

Author Bio

KENN KAUFMAN, originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, is one of the world's foremost naturalists.

Review Quotes

"An arresting glimpse into one of America's quirkiest subcultures."