Kenn Kaufman

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Kenn Kaufman
Born1954 (age 63–64)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation
Awards
Websitebirdingwithkennandkim.blogspot.com

Kenn Kaufman (born 1954) is an American author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies in North America.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Kaufman started birding from the age of six.[1] When he was nine, his family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where his fascination with birds intensified.[2] At age sixteen, inspired by birding pioneers such as Roger Tory Peterson, he dropped out of high school and began hitchhiking around North America in pursuit of birds.[3] Three years later, in 1973, he nearly set the record for the most North American bird species seen in one year (671) while participating in a Big Year, a year-long birding competition.[4] However, this record included regions like Baja California that are no longer ornithologically considered part of North America and has since been surpassed.[5] His cross-country birding journey, covering some eighty thousand miles, was eventually recorded in a memoir, Kingbird Highway.[6]

Subsequently, he focused his work on creating and expanding upon birding field guides. In 1992, he was given the Ludlow Griscom Award by the American Birding Association. Kaufman also received the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award in 2008 for a "lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding."[7]

Kaufman resides in Oak Harbor, Ohio with his wife Kimberly.[8] Today Kenn writes for Birds and Blooms,[8] Bird Watcher's Digest,[9] and works/volunteers at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.[10] Kaufman maintains a weblog where he reports bird sightings in the northwest region of Ohio and makes predictions about the spring bird migration.[11]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kaufman Focus Guides: Field Guide to Nature of New England (with Kimberly Kaufman) ISBN 978-0618456970
  • Kaufman Focus Guides: Birds of North America ISBN 978-0618574230
    • Kaufman guia de campo a las aves de norteamerica
  • Kaufman Focus Guides: Butterflies of North America (with Jim P. Brock) ISBN 978-0618768264
  • Kaufman Focus Guides: Mammals of North America (with Rick Bowers and Nora Bowers) ISBN 978-0618951888
  • Kaufman Focus Guides: Insects of North America (with Eric R. Eaton) ISBN 978-0618153107
  • Kingbird Highway ISBN 978-0618709403
  • Lives of North American Birds ISBN 978-0618159888
  • Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding ISBN 978-0547248325
  • Flights Against the Sunset: Stories that Reunited a Mother and Son (2008) ISBN 978-0618942701

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, pp. 2-3.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, pp. 3-6.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, pp. 6, passim.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Appendix, pp. 317-8.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, passim.
  7. ^ "American Birding Association Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved December 18, 2005.
  8. ^ a b "Interview with Ken and Kimberly Kaufman". Birds & Blooms. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Kaufmann at Birdwatchers' Digest". Birdwatchers' Digest. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  10. ^ "BSBO Staff". Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  11. ^ Kaufman, Kenn. "Birding the Crane Creek". Retrieved January 1, 2013.

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