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This is an auction for THE BIG YEAR by Mark Obmascik.

“Every year hundreds of obsessed bird watchers participate in a contest known as the North American Big Year. Hoping to be the one to spot the most species during the course of the year, each birder spends 365 days racing around the continental US and Canada compiling lists of birds, all for the glory of being recognized as the Big Year birding champion of North America. In this entertaining book, Obmascik tells the stories of three contenders in the 1998 American Big Year: a roofing contractor from New Jersey who aims to break his previous record; a corporate chief executive from Colorado; and a 225-pound software engineer. Obmascik bases his story on post-competition interviews but writes so well that it sounds as if he had been there. He follows each of the birding fanatics as they travel thousands of miles in search of hard-to-find species, braving rain, sleet, snowstorms, swamps, deserts, mosquitoes and garbage dumps in their attempts to outdo each other. By not revealing the outcome until the end, Obmascik keeps the reader guessing in this account of a whirlwind pursuit of birding fame.”

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

268 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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