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Noah Strycker at LaSells Stewart Center
Wednesday September 20, 7 p.m.

In 2015, Noah Strycker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, yearlong, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. Insects, leeches, illness, floods, war, airlines, car problems and sleep deprivation were ongoing scourges over the course of the year, but of course he had the time of his life. Carrying only a pack on his back, Noah enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, on all seven continents, including Adélie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog ( noah), and now he comes to Corvallis to tell us the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Noah’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.

Noah Strycker grew up near Eugene and is an OSU graduate in Fish and Wildlife. He has had a stellar and varied career since then. Author of two well-regarded books, Associate Editor of Birding magazine and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines, his book about his global big year, Birding Without Borders, will be released in October 2017. Noah has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on  expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole.

His first book, Among Penguins, chronicles a field season working with Adélie Penguins in Antarctica (Oregon State University  Press, 2011) and his second, The Thing with Feathers, celebrates the fascinating behaviors of birds and human parallels (Riverhead Books, 2014). Visit his website at:

And please join us for a free reception with Noah, in the lobby area just outside the auditorium, immediately following his presentation. It’s a chance to meet this fascinating local author and adventurer in person, courtesy of your local Audubon chapter!

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