To Bird or Not To Bird
Below are a few succinct thoughts on birding and big years, using my favorite poetry form – DOGgerel (hopefully it will not make you CATatonic). Sorry about that – I’m having difficulty concentrating as I wait for the BIG YEAR movie to be released!
B is for Birding, in big years (and small).
I is for If one should go bird at all.
G is for Goodness – birding mile after mile.
Y is for Yes – to bird makes me smile.
E is for Energy, what it gives, what it takes.
A is for All of the joys and heartaches.
R is for Reaching (or not having) a goal;
However I bird, it makes my life whole.
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Lynn Barber started birding at the age of 7. In 2005, she broke the Texas big year record with 522 species, and in 2008, she tallied 723 bird species in the ABA Area. An account of her ABA Big Year, entitled Extreme Birder: One Woman’s Big Year, was published in the spring of 2011. Her second book, Birds in Trouble was published in 2016. While living in North Carolina, Lynn was active in Wake County Audubon and on the board of the Carolina Bird Club. Moving to Texas in 2000, she was active in the Fort Worth Audubon Society, serving as its president for 3 years. She is a life member of the Texas Ornithological Society, and became its president in April 2009. She now lives in Anchorage, Alaska.