Beau’s Green Big Year

January 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Beau’s Green Big Year @ Online - Zoom

As even non-birders know from The Big Year book and film, traditional Big Years involve driving and flying thousands of miles to see as many species as possible in a given geographical location in 365 days. For 2020, local birder Beau Schaefer decided to tackle a variation – a Green Big Year – to find as many species as he could by biking, walking and kayaking – no driving allowed.

By the time it was over, Beau had seen 276 species – including many rarities – and biked nearly 6,120 miles – including one 108-mile round trip in a single day. That is believed to be a biking distance record for a statewide Green Big Year as well as a species number record for a cold-weather climate with months of snow and ice.  Join us to hear Beau explain his highlights, his strategies and his adventures from his year-long, no-fossil-fuel birding odyssey.


The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
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Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.