To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession by Dan KoeppelFrom a well-known outdoors and nature writer comes a narrative that explores a lifelong obsession with competitive birding.
What drives a man to travel to sixty countries and spend a fortune to count birds? And what if that man is your father?
Richard Koeppels obsession began at the age of eleven, in Queens, New York, when he first spotted a Brown Thrasher and promptly jotted the sighting in a notebook. Several decades, one failed marriage, and two sons later, he added an astonishing 517 birds to that list on a single trip to Kenya. Soon after, he ended the last romantic relationship he would ever have, scaled down his medical practice, and decided to see every bird on earth, becoming a Big Lister, a member of a subculture of competitive bird-watchers worldwide, all pursuing the same goal. Over twenty-five years, he collected more than 7,000 species (of a known 9,600), becoming one of about ten people ever to do so.
To See Every Bird on Earth explores the thrill of this chase, the all-absorbing crusade at the expense of all else, and travel, to places both dangerous and dull, for the sake of making a check mark in a notebook. Its also the story of obsession-answering the questions why list? and why birds?-and how it defines us. A riveting glimpse into a fascinating subculture, To See Every Bird on Earth traces the love, loss, and reconnection between a father and a son, and explains why birds are so critical to the human search for our place in the world.
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Back in the mids, Carl was a 6-foot-8 forward for the Bears under late head coach Dick Edwards. The junior-college transfer was known perhaps as much for his trash talk as his silky jump shot. After leading Cal with He pingponged between professional leagues in the Philippines, Italy and Finland before taking a job as a guard at San Quentin State Prison. Soon after Jabari was born in summer , Carl poured a layer of concrete — 10 yards by 10 yards — in the backyard of the family home in Vallejo. It was on that court that father and son waged many one-on-one games.
A simple yet extremely meaningful and touching story to remind us how a journey it was for our parents. But they did so, lovingly and patiently.
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