Kingbird Highway

Kingbird Highway

The Biggest Year in the Life of An Extreme Birder

eBook - 2006
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An ornithologist's account of his youthful, year-long, cross-country birdwatching adventure: "A fascinating memoir of an obsession." -- Booklist

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.
Publisher: [United States] :, Mariner Books,, 2006.
ISBN: 9780547349442
0547349440
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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brielane1044
Jul 06, 2015

Great birding book!

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