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The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker
  

The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

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Noah Strycker gives Birds the great attention they deserve; their variety, skill and emotion, a study of birds where we can also learn much about the human condition. One of Noah Strycker’s contentions is that birds are loaded with personality and are worthy of our great respect, something we do not accord to the most populous bird on the planet – the hen. Read his book and you will gain a new perspective on Birds, it’s an informative, well written introduction to Birds with a telling commentary on human beings. ~ Sue Baker

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The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker

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.

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2015

Author

Noah Strycker

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Author's Website

noahstrycker.com/pct/

Publisher

Souvenir Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science

Wildlife: birds & birdwatching

ISBN

9780285643239

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