LiveWires Presents: My Accidental Big Year
Tuesday September 26, 2017@ 7:00 pm
Reading Public Library
64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA
In 2013 Boston birder Neil Hayward suffered a devastating bout of the “Big Year”. The temporary insanity resulted in almost 250,000 miles of travel, taking him to the remote corners of this continent: Barrow in the frozen north; the Dry Tortugas, dangling off the Florida Keys to the south; Newfoundland, poking out to the east; and tiny Adak, adrift in the volcanic Aleutian chain of the west. And a place they call New Jersey. By the year’s end, he’d netted 749 species of bird and set a new American Birding Association “Big Year” record. Come hear about exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more! Haywards’s talk will be followed by a book sale and signing of Lost Among the Birds a memoir of his accidental big year.
Free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Friends of the Reading Public Library.
Neil Hayward grew up near Oxford, England, where, at a young age, he first became obsessed with birds. After a PhD in genetics at Cambridge University he moved (permanently) to the US in 2005 to head up the US operations of the biotechnology company Abcam. He left in 2011 to pursue a consulting career as owner of Cambridge Blue Consulting. Neil is currently the Field Trip Coordinator and a director of the Brookline Bird Club.