A big year story unlike any other

Falcon Freeway

A Big Year of Birding on a Budget

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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 is set to be released on Kindle and in bookstores on September 12, 2019. Pre-order your copy today!


In 2016, Christian Hagenlocher became the youngest birder to see over 750 species of birds in North America. Inspired by the journey of Ken Kaufman’s Kingbird Highway, Christian embarked on an epic road trip, car camping his way across the country in Wal-Mart parking lots. While subsisting on fruit snacks and Ramen noodles, he interviewed hundreds of birders in an effort to understand how people connect with birds in the 21st century. Christian describes the trials and triumphs of birding on a budget, including run-ins with bears, rattlesnakes, and nude cowboys, while observing firsthand many of the challenges birds in a rapidly-changing world.