Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
'Neil Hayward was having a mid-life crisis. So what did he do? He went birding. Over the course of one year he got so into doing that he ended up setting what birders refer to as the Big Year record. He spotted and identified an extraordinary 749 species of birds in one year. He details his quest in this memoir." —Dayton Daily News
Join us as record-breaking birder Neil Hayward joins Gibson's to present his first book, Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year, where he chronicles his journey from heartbreak to triumph after he entered the 2013 Big Year birding competition - a race to find the most birds in one year. In the end, Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of birds and breaking the Big Year record previously held by Sandy Komito since 1998. Along the way, Neil surprised even himself, finding a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his role in it.
Ornithologists and informed birders will be astounded by this amateur birdwatcher’s achievements, but everyone can connect with Neil’s journey—the desire to find oneself and one’s place in the world.
Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn't want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn't want to think about his failed relationship with "the one" or his potential for ruining a new relationship with "the next one." And he almost certainly didn't want to think about turning forty.