A big year story unlike any other

Falcon Freeway A 21st Century Big Year

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Falcon Freeway describes how a passion for nature has vaulted the author over challenges and adversity, taking him on the wildest ride: a North American big year birding adventure. With technology at his fingertips, Christian Hagenlocher crossed the continent multiple times in his Subaru in search of birds, not only breaking the old record but becoming the youngest person to see over 700 ABA birds in a single year.

Currently, Falcon Freeway is going through the editing steps, and will be self-published in May 2019. Your contribution towards publishing costs will help move this through to completion!


“Stories of the dark coastal forests of Alaska, the suburban deserts of Arizona, and the tropical islands of Hawaii amazed my family and friends, and before I was 20, someone told me I should write a book- and so the project began.

It wasn't until January of 2016 when the glue holding my life together came undone, and forced me to examine myself and push beyond what I thought possible. Following in the footsteps of legendary birder Kenn Kaufman, I attempted a budget-conscious big year, breaking records and writing about my adventures. 

Now,  I am editing my writing and turning it into a different kind of Big Year book, one that dissects the growth of my passion and lays out the recipe for others to pursue their own. For me, birds were the vehicle to explore myself and the world around me.”