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In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA, while trying to hold down a full-time job, aspiring to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. "The Big Year," a novel by Mark Obmascik detailed his travails alongside two competitors. The book was later turned into a movie of the same title that starred Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson!

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Sunny Southern California?

Snowy Day in California
A snowy day in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California!

Greg Miller’s first Big Year Tour is underway in sunny… umm, well, rainy southern California. An unexpected turn in the weather, thanks to El Niño, has erased the typical sunny skies and replaced them with rain and yes, snow in the mountains east of Los Angeles. Interestingly, when Greg did his original Big Year in 1998, it was also an El Niño year.

However, Greg, co-leader Steve Ritt and their group have found about 160 species, with two full birding days still to go. So although the birding has been dampened, it has not stopped! Yesterday that added some good birds: Mountain Plover, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk and Bell’s Sparrow.

Today the group will be birding their way to Palm Springs through the Moreno Valley, then off to the famous Salton Sea on Friday!


Big Year Begins!

Southern California Western Scrub Jay
Southern California Western Scrub Jay

Greg is on his way to California where he will meet co-leader, Steve Ritt, later today. The tomorrow, the fun begins with the inaugural Big Year Tour in southern California!

Big Year Reloaded! Begins January 3, 2016

Greg Miller and Jack Black on the set of the movie "The Big Year."
Jack Black (left) with Greg Miller on the set of the movie “The Big Year.”

It is about to begin… January 3 – 9, 2016, Greg will be leading the first of Wildside Nature Tours’ Big Year Tour Series. Along with Wildside guide, Steve Ritt, the group will explore southern California in search of as many species as they can possible find!

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