Few of us see our lives being depicted on the big screen by a Hollywood actor, but that is exactly what birder Greg Miller experienced when Jack Black portrayed him in the movie, The Big Year in 2011. By using his 50-plus years of experience, Greg surpassed the 700-bird-species-in-North America mark in just one year. That's an achievement many birders would relish during the course of a lifetime. Learn about Greg's 130,000-mile adventure to birding hotspots, his search for rarities, and the tight competition between three rivals vying for the 1998 "Big Year" title.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are pleased to welcome bird enthusiast Greg Miller to Happy Days Lodge, on Friday, January 11, 2013, as part of this season’s Lyceum Lecture Series. Miller’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. General seating. Admission is $6 adults and $3 children ages 3 - 12.
Advanced sales are available by calling 330-657-2909. On lecture days, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at 330-650-4636 ext. 228 after 2 p.m. for up-to-date ticket availability and severe weather cancellations.
Greg Miller has been birding for more than 50 years. In 1998, he zigzagged across the continent to try to see as many species of birds in one calendar year as possible. He travelled 130,000 miles while trying to hold down a full-time job at a nuclear power plant. Miller describes it as an incredible experience to pass the 700-species mark—an achievement many birders aspire to in a lifetime. But there was competition. Two other birders, Sandy Komito and Al Levantin also did Big Years the same year and also broke the 700-species mark. Their competitive bird quest was documented in the 2004 book, The Big Year by Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Obmascik. Twentieth Century Fox made a full feature motion picture inspired by the book. Miller was portrayed by actor Jack Black and other actors included Steve Martin and Owen Wilson.
Happy Days Lodge
, located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (State Route 303) in Peninsula 44264, one mile west of State Route 8, is a restored Civilian Conservation Corps structure that provides a rustic ambiance for folk and traditional concerts, theater, lectures, and special event rentals. For more information on rentals, call the Conservancy at 330-657-2909, ext. 119.
The word "lyceum" has its roots in ancient Greek and is most often remembered as the name of Aristotle's school of philosophy (located in Athens) founded in approximately 335 BC. CVNP named this popular lecture series the "Lyceum" in order to describe the nationally known speakers who stimulate the heart and mind with compelling stories of our natural and cultural world.
$6 adults, $3 children ages 3 - 12. General seating. Advance sales are available by calling 330-657-2909. Happy Days Lodge, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva
or call 330-657-2752.
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its membership program, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org
or call 330-657-2909