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Noah Strycker, 28, is living an adventurous life of birds.
He is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, former columnist known as “BirdBoy” in WildBird magazine, and frequent contributor to other bird-related publications. Noah’s articles have appeared in National Wildlife, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Living Bird, Birds and Blooms, and Popular Birding, as well as several field guides, government documents, and other print media. His first book, Among Penguins, was released in 2011.
Noah worked this year as an on-board ornithologist and Zodiac driver on a cruise ship in Antarctica, and plans to travel with the same ship in northern Norway this summer. As a seasonal field researcher with birds, he has recently lived in Amazonian Ecuador, the Australian Outback, the Farallon Islands, and Costa Rica. He has also studied birds in Panama, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Antarctica, Hawaii, Alaska, Maine, California, Michigan, and Oregon, helped Taiwan design an ecotourism program, and searched for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Florida, in between birding trips. Noah’s “life list” is approaching 2,500 birds on six continents – one-fifth of all the world’s species.
Noah graduated Magna Cum Laude, on full academic scholarship, from Oregon State University in 2008 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, minoring in Fine Arts. He was named the American Birding Association’s “Young Birder of the Year” in 2004.
He is also a competitive tennis player, and headed the Oregon State team at #1 singles for four years. Noah has completed five marathons, spent an accumulated four months backpacking wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest, and recently walked 64 miles in one day. He hiked the entire 2,665-mile Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada, in summer 2011.
From the life-long relationships of the albatross to the remarkable memory of the nutcracker and other avian mysteries, Noah Strycker illuminates the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. “In almost any realm of bird behaviour – reproduction, populations, movements, daily rhythms, communication, navigation, intelligence, and so on – there are deep and meaningful parallels with our own.” Noah Strycker has spent the last decade studying bird behaviour in some of the world’s remotest places – from a penguin colony in Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, the Australian outback, the Galápagos Islands – and has observed almost 2,500 species of birds. Noah has come to understand that birds are lively, unpredictable individuals loaded with personality and, if you look closely enough, birds have human counterparts. From the homing instinct of pigeons (and the mystery of the pigeon equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle in eastern England) and testing the turkey vulture’s sense of smell with a deer carcass to the reason behind a penguin’s fear of water, we ultimately learn about ourselves by studying birds. Drawing on cutting-edge scientific research, along with his personal experience, and colourful anecdotes The Magic and Mystery of Birds is a thoughtful and engaging look at how the life of birds connects with humanity.
There are 10,000 species of birds in the world, in 2015 Noah Strycker spotted 6,042 of them entering the Guinness Book of World Records. Noah Strycker set himself a goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. Traveling to 41 countries, on all seven continents, with a backpack, binoculars and a series of one-way tickets, it was the greatest adventure in birding. Noah journeys to Madagascar, India, Central Africa and South America and meets a colourful cast of fellow birders across the world. He discovers a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation and conservation triumphs, and finds that sometimes the rarest birds show up in the most familiar of places. Birding Without Borders is a celebration of birdwatching and in exploring the world, Noah provides a lesson in living life to the full from a birder's perspective.
The year he graduated from college, 22-year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two bird scientists and a three months' supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter million penguins. Compact, industrious, and approachable, the Adelie Penguins who call Antarctica home visit their breeding grounds each Antarctic summer to nest and rear their young before returning to sea. Because of long-term studies, scientists may know more about how these penguins will adjust to climate change than about any other creature in the world. Bird scientists like Noah are less well known. Like the intrepid early explorers of Antarctica, modern scientists drawn to the frozen continent face an utterly inhospitable landscape, one that inspires, isolates, and punishes. With wit, curiosity, and a deep knowledge of his subject, Strycker recounts the reality of life at the end of the Earth-thousand-year-old penguin mummies, hurricane-force blizzards, and day-to-day existence in below freezing temperatures-and delves deep into a world of science, obsession, and birds. Among Penguins weaves a captivating tale of penguins and their researchers on the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent on Earth. Birders, lovers of the Antarctic, and fans of first-person adventure narratives will be fascinated by Strycker's book.
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