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by Kenn Kaufman

Author: Kenn Kaufman
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (July 1, 1997)
Pages: 318 pages
Category: Math and Science
Rating: 4.4
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KINGBIRD HIGHWAY is a unique coming-of-age story, combining a lyrical celebration of nature with wild, and .

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. 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. A report of a rare bird would send him hitching nonstop from Pacific to Atlantic and back again.

Kingbird Highway is about Kenn Kaufman's "Big Year. It will prove one doozy of a hitching hegira. But Kaufman has barely started when he meets, as he's seabird watching from a boat off New England, a Michigan college teacher, also doing a Big Year. Sir Lancelot versus Sir Mordred. He aimed to show up at the right habitats at the right moments to bag birds he needed for a record one-year tally. Ornithologists figured 650 species lived in the United States and Canada, plus visitors. Nobody, it was assumed, could possibly see them all in one lifetime. Our man has more time, if you subtract how long it takes to hitch from Arizona to New Jersey to bag a spotted redshank.

Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers . Kaufman had me hooked from the beginning. After a while, however, the bird trips start to get a little monotonous.

Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand-picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months. A 16-year-old drops out of school to hitch hike around the country and look at birds? With a premise like that, I figured there had to be some adventure worth reading about. Kaufman drops a lot of names of fellow birders in his stories, yet he doesn’t do much to distinguish one from another, so often the less solitary portions of his narrative read like pages of acknowledgements.

Kingbird Highway - Kenn Kaufman. Kingbird highway : the story of a natural obsession that got a little out of hand, Kenn Kaufman. p. cm. ISBN 0-395-77398-9. 1. Bird watching-United States-Anecdotes. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to trade. com or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Now revered as one of North America's top birders, Kenn Kaufman hit the road at age sixteen and spent a year crisscrossing the country to see as many birds as he could. In a current interview, I spoke with Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a training cardiologist and Director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Release date: 30 June 1997 ISBN-10 : 0395773989 ISBN-13: 9780395773987.

the story of a natural obsession that got a little out of hand. 1st Mariner books ed. by Kenn Kaufman. Published 2000 by Houghton Mifflin in Boston. In library, Description and travel, Adventure and adventurers, Travel, Anecdotes, Protected DAISY, Bird watching, Biography.

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A middle-aged man's fond recollections of his salad days as a vagrant birder hardly sounds like the stuff of. high adventure. In the end, another equally obsessed birder snatched victory by notching 669 avian species on his list, but Kaufman took his loss in stride, as monomania gave way to wisdom. List-chasing," he realized, "was not the best way to learn birds," nor did it make him a top-notch birder. Kaufman went on to become exactly that, eventually writing such books as the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding.

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.