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Lynn Barber
Fort Worth
Birder, author of Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year (in press)
Interests: BIRDING, bird photography and painting
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Lynn Barber finds big things in very small packages. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at ABA Blog
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That is what one South Dakota birder puts by his signature each time he posts a sighting. Every time I read it, I smile in agreement. Sharing the fun and joys (and sorrows) of birding is why I write in this blog and why I wrote my book, Extreme Birder,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at ABA Blog
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I have been trying not to think about doing a big year. The days are beautiful, and even a nutty birder like me finds things to do that aren’t birding. So, actual days go by when I don’t think (much) about my current big years, and much of my birding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at ABA Blog
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I've got a trick question: where in the U.S. can you begin a big year, and on day 1 do the following - - begin the first day of the big year hearing a Dickcissel, and follow with Upland Sandpiper, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Red-headed Woodpecker and many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at ABA Blog
I just love doing big years. Oddly enough, the final result, is not the only, or even the main, goal when I do a big year. I just love the doing of big years, the "excuse" to be birding much of the time, the surprises, the things I discover about birds and birding and the birds' world. And with this current county big year, I love how much it has helped me learn about what the birds do in this part of the country and when they do it. It's like the county is my chosen birding "patch".
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2013 on My Big “Year” at ABA Blog
I love it!! This post got me wondering what it would be like to do overlapping big years - start a big year on January 1, start another on February 1, start another on March 1, etc. and keep them all going. Or start one every other month to keep keeping track more manageable. Every bird found in a month would count on all the currently running big years. Something to think about. I have always thought starting on January 1st was awfully arbitrary. And I also like counting anything you want to count - that sounds very freeing.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2013 on My Big “Year” at ABA Blog
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It was Madeline Bauer who nailed the date when Lynn Barber would hit 200 for her county Big Year! Lynn finds out more about our contest winner. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at ABA Blog
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Big Year birder Lynn Barber heads into the most exciting time of year with a lot of momentum. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at ABA Blog
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Lynn Barber makes a dent in her county big year, coming to appreciate the subtly plumaged birds that make it possible. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at ABA Blog
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Last week I announced a contest for people to guess the date this year that I reach 200 species in my Pennington Co. (SD) big year, the prize for the closest guess being a signed copy of my book, Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year. The response has been great.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at ABA Blog
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What is it about the number 100 that many people seem to think is noteworthy? Why is a list of 100 birds, or birding sites, or counties birded or anything, so much more likely to be mentioned than 99 or 101 of the same things? Although I have been birding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at ABA Blog
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I’m guessing that most people who think about doing big years and about what big year birders do and who big year birders are rarely think about “restraint”. If the big year is a serious big year, it’s more likely that the only restraints that the big year birder allows... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at ABA Blog
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Yesterday I realized, once again, that what I think is a “good” bird often changes. I suspect that is true for many of us. When we first became birders, any bird, even if we could not figure out what it was, was a good bird. The birds became even better... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at ABA Blog
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It will be a short blog post this time. As I mentioned I was going to do in my last blog post, I took a break from big year birding, and from U.S. birding for that matter, and I went to Honduras for just over a week. I returned home... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at ABA Blog
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Lynn Barber puts the Big Year on hold, but only hesitantly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at ABA Blog
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When I see the word “nevermore”, I immediately think of ravens, and as this year drew to an end, every time I thought of the Common Ravens that others had seen in South Dakota but I could not find, I increasingly thought “nevermore”. I assume that someday I’ll see one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at ABA Blog
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About 15 years ago, a non-birding friend (yes, I have some of those) asked me why I like to go watch birds so much. I guess it was something I had never thought much about and I did not have a very good answer for her. I just knew that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at ABA Blog
Thank you Ted! I wish I could offer more useful/concrete suggestions. The only other thing I can think of now, which admittedly is a long-term and not immediate solution, is for birders to work for getting all colors of children and young people excited and educated about birding. We rarely see non-white people at birding events such as bird club meetings even in areas where the population is not just white. Providing opportunities for people of all colors to learn about the wonders of nature (birds) and the need to be concerned about the environment is critical. The young birders in Ohio come to mind. The greater our diversity at the local levels, the more likely we will become diverse at the higher levels. Of course, now that I think of it, having local representation hasn't worked so well for women yet, who are usually at equal or greater numbers than men at the local level in birding organizations, including as being officers and board members, but are much more rare on national boards (e.g., the ABA). The deciders of such things also need to work harder to bring women on board.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2012 on Inscrutable Whiteness at ABA Blog
Somewhere in all my photos is probably still a picture of my painted Snowy Owl. It was once on my web site, but was taken off when I painted a Spotted Owl on my 2nd Rav4 and that went on my web site.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2012 on SNOWY OWLS MAKE ANY YEAR A BIG YEAR at ABA Blog
I did paint a Snowy Owl on the back of my Rav4, but have not done anything on the back of my current pickup truck.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2012 on SNOWY OWLS MAKE ANY YEAR A BIG YEAR at ABA Blog
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Snowy Owls have fascinated me from the first time I ever saw a picture of one. You would think that growing up in Wisconsin I would have seen one there, or at least heard of one being seen there during those years, but I did not. I also did not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at ABA Blog
Amazingly, I found a Pacific Loon today (while looking for scoters)!
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2012 on LOONY LYNNIE at ABA Blog
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It does not surprise me that almost every time that I do a big year, loons are important. As a rather goofy teenage birder in Wisconsin loon country, my father took to calling me Loony Lynnie. I didn’t mind; it seemed to fit and I really liked loons. In those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at ABA Blog
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I always carry my telephoto camera with me, or almost always. I’m convinced that other birders who are interested in having their potentially rare sightings believed by others should also always have a camera with them. Even a cellphone camera is better than nothing and sometimes is perfect for what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at ABA Blog
As nearly every birder knows, people who do big years are typically driven to bird as many hours a day and as many days a week as is humanly possible during their big years. This is especially the case at the beginning of their big year when energy is high,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at ABA Blog