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Readers flock to the adventures of a birding Big Year


December 15, 2021

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John Vanderpoel photographing Ross's Gulls in October on the Arctic Ocean.

As 2021 draws to a close, we look ahead to 2022 with hopes for a big (and better) year. However, few people likely have the same definition of a Big Year as local author and birding expert, John Vanderpoel.

In May, Vanderpoel published his book "Full Chase Mode: Big Year of Birding in North America" which follows the 365 days he spent chasing a birding record in 2011, in an endeavor known in t...

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