The Big Year According to Birders

The Big Year According to Birders

Our experts offer a very specialized critique of the major motion picture.

By Melissa Milgrom
Published: 11/07/2011
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This was phenomenal review i must say appreciative i would love to see this movie as soon as i can thanks for the review. i will wait for further updates.

The film's most important message...

I think the best and most important thing about the film is that it gives the view an appreciation for birds...and that's the first step in getting someone to care about them enough to save them.

the big year movie

Loved it, makes me wanna strive to see more birds and
study at a deeper level. Portrayal was done with style, class
and grace...also made clear the tremendous sixpence- both mortuary and
personal. Laughed thru and enjoyed vicariously 3 lives of birders.
Cannot afford what Steve,Jack and Owen portrayed for us however my bird
Hat tips their way, thanks to ALL who delivered this story!

the big year movie

Loved it, makes me wanna strive to see more birds and
study at a deeper level. Portrayal was done with style, class
and grace...also made clear the tremendous sixpence- both mortuary and
personal. Laughed thru and enjoyed vicariously 3 lives of birders.
Cannot afford what Steve,Jack and Owen portrayed for us however my bird
Hat tips their way, thanks to ALL who delivered this story!

stupid!!!!

stupid!!!!

The Big Year was a Big Deal

I'd never heard of doing a Big Year before. This movie introduced me to it and made it look fun! I immediately told my husband that someday we will have to do this and we will start in our home state of Montana just trying to name all the birds we see around here--which are a lot!

I became aware of bird study

I became aware of bird study as a boy scout but really got interested later on while supplementing my income driving a rural newspaper route. At first I used children’s books from the library to identify birds and then acquired Peterson’s guide. I joined the Audubon Society and participated in quite a few Saturday field trips. This was all about 50 years ago, but the things I remember most was that I never learned anything about the other participants personal lives. The relationship was so bird intensive that we never had time to discuss anything about our families or profession. Of course there were the obnoxious Kenny Bosticks as I remember who scorned the armatures and ridiculed those of us who used Peterson’s guide. I think it was this criticism that caused me to move on to other outdoor activities like backpacking and rock climbing. After seeing The Big Year I’m tempted at 83 years old to return to birding.

I agree, great film indeed!

Also got me started in birding, been out every single weekend, at least on day since I first saw it, and started a definite pasion that reunites adventure, outdoors, photography, mountain hicking, and in some cases even off roading to reach hard to reach places, loved it!

It wasn't an Ipod app

It wasn't an app he was showing his father, it was photos he had taken.

This is a great film!

This is a great film! Although I know very little about "birders" or the correct seasons, habitats, etc. I will say that it definetly got me interested in the hobby and/or passion...depending on the person. The movie itself has a great plot, good character development, and an overall good message about what is important in one's life. It also gives the novice nature enthusiast a glimpse into the dedication and passion that "birders" share, especially upon learning that one's "count" is based ENTIRELY on a honor system. Overall, a great movie for both kids and adults...maybe one that will get our kids outside observing nature rather than TV's and Computers, I doubt it though, LOL.

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