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Noah Strycker has studied birds in some of the world's most extreme environments and is associate editor of the American Birding Association's flagship magazine, Birding. He writes, lectures, and lives near Eugene, Oregon, between field seasons.
Image credit: Noah Strycker birding in California, in 2014 / Photo by Bkpix

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1986-02-09
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Oregon, USA
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Oregon State University (BS|Fisheries and Wildlife Science)
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Noah Strycker is a 30-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man based near Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, during a quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents, he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds – more than half the birds on Earth – in one calendar year. He has also written two well-received books, The Thing With Feathers (2014) and Among Penguins (2011), and is Associate Editor of Birding magazine.

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Well written, compelling story telling. Heads and shoulders more accessible than most bird books.
 
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monicaberger | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 22, 2024 |
Inspiration to read: NYTBR Aug 10 2014
 
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TeresaBlock | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 14, 2023 |
Noah Strycker decided to undertake what is known as a Big Year in Birder parlance, in this case a Big World Year. He would travel the world for a year and attempt to see 5000 different bird species, about half of the world's total bird species. He mapped out a rigorous itenerary starting on New Year's Day in Antarctica, spending a few months traversing South and Central America, some time in North America, then across the Atlantic to Europe (with a quick stop in Iceland), from Europe to Africa (with a stop in Dubai) before heading to India and other parts of Asia, and ending the year in Australia. The book is a travelogue of sorts, as well as a birding memoir. It's not a spoiler to say that he more than met his goal, and the appendix lists, for those who are interested, every one of the bird species he saw.

He does a decent job of not turning the book into a monotonous check list of birds he saw (though it does kind of devolve into that towards the end). There's a bit of birding history thrown in--it's a surprisingly hazardous occupation with a disproportionate number of birders dying in car accidents or plane crashes, or being kidnapped or murdered by hostile groups in the wilds of foreign countries. Strycker ended up visiting 41 countries on all 7 continents during his big year on a fairly cheap budget. I think the book would interest non-birders for a glimpse at what traveling the world off the beaten path can look like.

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3 stars

First line: "On New Year's Day, superstitious bird watchers like to say, the very first bird you see is an omen for the future."
Last line: "In the morning the New Year would bring a fresh dawn chorus to one of Earth's most diverse forests, and I would be out there, looking for birds."
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arubabookwoman | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 1, 2023 |

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