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Extreme Birder
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One woman . . . one year . . . 723 species of birds. . .    In 2008, Lynn Barber's passion for birding led her to drive, fly, sail, walk, stalk, and sit in search of birds in twenty-five states and three provinces. Traveling more than 175,000 miles, she set a twenty-first century record at the time, second to only one other person in history.     Over 272 days, Barber observed 723 species of birds in North America north of Mexico, recording a remarkable 333 new species in January but, with the dwindling returns typical to Big Year birding, only eight in December, a month that found her crisscrossing the continent from Texas to Newfoundland, from Washington to Ontario. In the months between, she felt every extreme of climate, well-being, and emotion. But, whether finally spotting an elusive Blue Bunting or seeing three species of eiders in a single day, she was also challenged, inspired, and rewarded by nearly every experience.   Barber's journal from her American Birding Association-sanctioned Big Year covers the highlights of her treks to forests, canyons, mountain ranges, deserts, oceans, lakes, and numerous spots in between.  Written in the informal style of a diary, it captures the detail, humor, challenges, and fun of a good adventure travelogue and also conveys the remarkable diversity of North American birds and habitat. For actual or would-be “travel birders,” Lynn Barber’s Extreme Birder provides a fascinating, binoculars-eye view of one of the best-loved pastimes of nature lovers everywhere. "Lynn Barber challenges a traditionally male-dominated pursuit--the birding big year--and is successful beyond her wildest dreams. She is an inspiration for all who love adventure, nature, and birds."--Lynn Hassler, author, Birds of the American Southwest

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. ABA Checklist and Checklist Codes
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. January: I Can’t Believe I’m Actually Doing It!
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. February: Elaenia, Dovekie, and Bananaquit
  2. pp. 26-40
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  1. March: March Madness and More
  2. pp. 41-59
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  1. April: Neither Snow nor Sleet Can Keep Spring Away
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. May: Warbler Waves and I Go North
  2. pp. 84-103
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  1. June: Alaskan Adventures
  2. pp. 104-126
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  1. July: Maine Meandering and Nevada Nemesis
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. August: Spotted Owls and St. Paul Sandpipers
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. September: Southwest Specialties
  2. pp. 169-185
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  1. October: The 700 Club
  2. pp. 186-204
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  1. November: Mopping Up an Owl and a Couple of “Chickens”
  2. pp. 205-221
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  1. December: Ending the Year with a Bit of a Whimper and a Big Cheer!
  2. pp. 222-238
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. ABA Birds Seen in Taxonomic Order
  2. pp. 247-258
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  1. Useful References for Planning and Carrying Out a Big Year
  2. pp. 258-262
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  1. Birding areas through my big year
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-283
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