In recent years it has seemed as though doing an ABA Area Big Year means that you have to write a book about it, but the form’s roots can be traced to Roger Tory Peterson himself. What makes them so popular? Are they travelogue, sporting conquest, adventure, or some combination? Or is the appeal as simple as wish fulfillment? 10,000 Birds media reviewer Donna Schulman and Birding magazine media review editor Frank Izaguirre join host Nate Swick to talk about Big Year narratives and what makes them great in the first edition of the ABP Birding Book Club.
Also, the USFWS disappoints with new rules for the Duck Stamp.
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Books discussed in this episode:
Extreme Birder: One Woman’s Big Year – Barber, Lynn
Big Years, Biggest States: Birding in Texas and Alaska – Barber, Lynn
The Biggest Twitch: Around the World in 4,000 Birds – Davies, Alan & Ruth Miller
The Feather Quest: A North American Birder’s Year – Dunne, Pete
Een Bevlogan Jaar (Dutch) – Dwarshuis, Arjan
Roads, Peoples, Birds, Mountaintops, and Billabongs – Fisher, Dean
The Jewel Hunter – Gooddie, Chris
Falcon Freeway: A Big Year of Birding on a Budget – Hagenlocher, Christian
Looking for the Wild – Hancock, Lyn
Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year – Hayward, Neil
Kingbird Highway: The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand – Kaufman, Kenn
Birding’s Indiana Jones: A Chaser’s Diary – Komito, Sandy
I Came, I Saw, I Counted – Komito, Sandy
Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species – Lima, Marybeth
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession – Obmascik, Mark
Wild America – Peterson, Roger Tory & Dean Fisher
Birding Without Borders – Strycker, Noah
Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul – Weidensaul, Scott