Big Years and Birding
The Big Year, a star-studded, endearingly quirky look at the world of competitive birders, hits theaters Friday. Here at Audubon, film-fans and birders alike are all aflutter.
For those of you who missed the trailers, “The Big Year” is a film adaptation of Mark Obmascik’s The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession chronicling the true tales of three birders who devoted themselves to a year of birding.
Obmascik shared the experience of seeing his book transform into a feature film in the September-October issue of the magazine. The issue also featured an interview with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin, led by Audubon’s Alisa Opar—you can listen to a podcast on the website. If you want to hear more on Black,
Keep an eye on our re-launched website for more big year stories including:
an exclusive movie review with Audubon’s Susan Cosier
-expert critique on the film’s birds and bird calls
-excerpts from Obmascik’s book as well as Kenn Kaufman’s big year book, Kingbird Highway
-a fashion-forward look at birding, with Audubon’s Julie Leibach analyzing Owen Wilson’s unforgettable birding wardrobe
Want to create your own big year? Audubon’s got everything you need from a handy guide to picking the best binoculars, to fantastic birding trails and fall migration hot spots. If you need extra inspiration, we’ve got the story of a 16-year-old’s 12,000 mile birding adventure and hope that you’ll share your own big year adventures with us.