Kingbird Highway - Kenn Kaufman (Paperback)
The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder
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- R 332
- 1 Mar 2006
- Supply Source
- Kenn Kaufman
- The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Number of Pages
- 203 x 133 x 19mm (340g)
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.
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.
- General Subject
- 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
KENN KAUFMAN, originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, is one of the world's foremost naturalists.
"An arresting glimpse into one of America's quirkiest subcultures."