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BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN EPIC WORLD BIG YEAR
In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie 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, and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will give you a real appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.
BIRD WORLD: INSIGHTS FOR HUMANS FROM THE WORLD OF BIRDS
Birds aren’t people, but just how different are they from us? They have the same basic requirements we do: food, shelter, reproduction. And they can do some amazing things! Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Noah explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, life-long loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate. With humor and wit, and drawing deep from cutting-edge science and anecdotes from the field, Noah’s presentation will leave you with renewed inspiration about our close connections with birds.
AMONG PENGUINS: LIFE DOWN SOUTH
What is it like to spend three months in a colony of 300,000 penguins—with no fresh food or shower, living in a tiny tent in Antarctica? Noah spins tales from the end of the world in this lively presentation, delving into the things you don’t typically see on nature documentaries: thousand-year-old penguin mummies, how to catch a baby penguin, and the wonders of the pee bottle. Months after graduating with his undergraduate degree, Noah was helicoptered into a remote Antarctic field camp as part of a long-term research study on Adélie Penguins. He became an authority on these personable birds, and soon found himself caught by the great allure of Antarctica—where life is distilled into necessities and incredible moments. Even if you never visit the coldest continent, Noah’s stories will pique your senses of curiosity and adventure, and, by the end of this talk, you’ll be a cocktail expert on penguins.
Barn Beach Reserve, Leavenworth, Washington
Biggest Week in American Birding, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ohio
Birding and Blues Festival, Pacific City, Oregon
Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida
Eugene Natural History Society, Eugene, Oregon
Galt Winter Bird Festival, Galt, California
Godwit Days, Arcata, California
Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, Paul Smiths, New York
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, Farmington, Utah
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer, Alaska
Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, LaGrande, Oregon
Laredo Birding Festival, Laredo, Texas
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, Leavenworth, Washington
Linnaean Society, American Museum of Natural History, New York
Migratory Bird Festival, Burns, Oregon
Monte Vista Crane Festival, San Luis Valley, Colorado
New River Birding and Nature Festival, Fayette County, West Virginia
Olympic Peninsula Birdfest, Sequim, Washington
Oregon Shorebird Festival, Charleston, Oregon
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello, Washington
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Harlingen, Texas
Stikine River Birding Festival, Wrangell, Alaska
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, Sedona, Arizona
Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival, Virginia
Whooping Crane Festival, Port Aransas, Texas
Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival, Blaine, Washington
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, Hatteras, North Carolina
Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls, Oregon
ANONYMOUS COMMENTS ABOUT NOAH STRYCKER’S “AMONG PENGUINS” PRESENTATION AT THE 2012 OREGON SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL:
*What an amazing presenter.
*Fantastic!!! He did a great job, talked clear and loud, rephrased the questions for everyone to hear!! Very professional speaker.
*Could not have been better! Both the speaker and his material were great!
*This man did a tremendous job with keeping the crowd engaged.
*Outstanding. Noah is a very engaging speaker and of course the penguins could not be cuter. I would love to hear talks from Noah about any of his other future adventures.
*Noah did a great job of providing humor with facts. His voice carried well. Really enjoyed his entire presentation.
*Noah is informative, humorous, and has a smooth delivery. Keep it up.
*Entertaining speaker, could listen to his adventures for hours.
*It was AMAZING!! He is such a great presenter – engaging, funny, informative. Loved it!