The World Big Year: Well past 5,000 species and going strong!
November 22, 2015 by Noah Strycker



In 2015, I set a new world big year record by seeing more than 5,000 species of birds — about half of the bird species on Earth — in a continuous round-the-world trip, traveling through 35 countries on all seven continents, and flying on about 70 days out of 365. No days off!

I celebrated the New Year with Cape Petrels in Antarctica, set the world record in India with a pair of Sri Lankan Frogmouths on September 16, and reached the 5,000th species with a Flame-crowned Flowerpecker in the Philippines on October 26. It’s a great adventure, with the highs and lows you’d expect on any trip. You can follow along throughout 2015 on my Audubon blog, with more-or-less daily updates, at

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