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Greg Miller

greg-millerI have been birding since…umm…well I can’t remember because I was too young. I do not remember getting my first pair of binoculars or my first birding trip with my dad. It was my father that got me into birding at an early age. I have been birding for over 50 years and have birded in all 50 states and much of Canada. And I have always been smitten by the birding bug. I love to get outside and go find birds. Every trip out is an adventure!

In 1998, I zigzagged across the continent–traveling 130,000 miles while trying to hold down a full time job at a nuclear power plant–to try to see as many species of birds in one calendar year as possible. It was an incredible experience passing 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 as me and also broke the 700-mark. Our competitive quests are documented in the 2004 non fiction book, The Big Year, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Obmascik. And unbelievably, Twentieth Century Fox made a full feature motion picture inspired by the book! It has A-list actors Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson and a really strong support cast. It was produced by Ben Stiller and directed by David Frankel (who also did Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada). Worldwide release date was October 14, 2011. It is available now on both DVD & Blu-ray as of January 31, 2012 and became available on both Netflix & Redbox on February 28, 2012.

I had the fortunate opportunity to be the Bird Consultant for the movie, The Big Year. It was filmed in spring & summer of 2010. I was on the set for 3 weeks with many of the actors and crew and got a chance to meet the stars, Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. It was truly a treat to watch the movie being made and to have a part in the creation of a story for the silver screen.

I currently live in Sugarcreek in the heart of Amish Country in Northeast Ohio.

Upcoming Events

April 2017
April 6 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Guests will explore various habitats on the peninsula, e.g., sand flats, grassy prairies, jetties, tidal sloughs, wooded lots, and Fort Travis. The Bolivar sand flats area is known as one of the finest migratory locations in North America for shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds. It is a designated habitat for the protection of the endangered wintering Piping Plover. Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example: 5 species of plovers, 7 species of…

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April 7 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bird Galveston Island with one of the world's most famous birders! In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. His effort was chronicled in Mark Obmascik's novel, The Big Year, which later became a movie. You'll see the great diversity of the Island as Greg leads you to all of the birding hot spots - East Beach, Corps Woods, Laffites Cove, Sportsman Road, San Luis Pass…

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April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In a big year, birders try to identify by sight or sound as many bird species as possible in a given year. The Big Year starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black depicts three birders eager to win a Big Year in the United States. It is adapted from Mark Obmascik's best-selling book of the same name and describes real life predicaments of the three birders as they compete for the most number of identified species. One of those three birders is Greg Miller who was portrayed by Jack Black. Greg will be sharing some personal comments and insight during the screening and will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join birding expert, Greg Miller (of “The Big Year” fame), and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Greg's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Kevin Karlson.

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April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

History and nature meet as you step back in time to the recently restored 1875 Julius & Elizabeth Ruhl House for Cocktails & Conversation with Kevin Karlson and Greg Miller. Galveston Island is steeped in 19th century history and charm and the Ruhl house is one of the most notable properties in the Island’s East End Historic Landmark District. Enjoy visiting with both Kevin and Greg about real life birding adventures as well as those portrayed in The Big Year as you sip cocktails and savor delectable hors d’oeuvres.

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