The Big Year


I watched a quirky little film about some dedicated birders on their quest to do their “Big Year”. The Big Year for birders is an adventure to see as many birds as you can in one year. You travel a specific area and try to see *as many* birds as you can in one year. According to Wikipedia,

A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. A Big Year may be done within a single US state, a Canadian province, within the lower 48 continental U.S. states, or within the American Birding Association area (i.e. the 49 continental U.S. states (including Alaska), Canada and the French islands St. Pierre and Miquelon, plus adjacent waters to a distance of 200 miles from land or half the distance to a neighboring country, whichever distance is less. Excluded by these boundaries are Bermuda, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and Greenland.).

Oh what fun that would be!!! =)

Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black play in this nerd-bird movie and I loved it. It looked like it might be a bit more slapstick/current form of comedy for me but it wasn’t. It was heartwarming and life-love oriented and bird obsessed! =) I can completely relate. Really, if you love birds…this is a good one to see. And one scene shows the Bald Eagle doing its mating ritual—it is fascinating! =)

Here is the trailer for the movie, you should definitely watch it:

There was also this funny video for it… with the loon-atic birder…

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