Entries by Noah Strycker

TAIPEI TIMES (TAIWAN): Taiwan Key Stop in Birder’s ‘Big Year’

Since beginning his birding career at the age of 10, Noah Strycker has always kept his eyes skyward. “Birds are a great way for people around the world to connect with nature. Birds are accessible, interesting and somewhat mysterious,” said the 29-year-old from the US, who set a world record on Sept. 16 for notching up […]

THE TIMES OF INDIA: Thattekad Birds Help Noah’s Record Flight

KOCHI: A reluctant smile dawned on the face of ornithologist Noah Strycker the moment he spotted a Sri Lanka frogmouth, a deep greyish coloured bird, on the forked branch of a tree inside the Thattekad bird sanctuary on Wednesday. “That is bird number 4342,” he said. Read the full article here.


Is seeing 5,000 birds in a single year possible? American birder Noah Strycker thinks so. He set out at the beginning of this year to beat the current record. Chantal Cooke caught up with him in the Antarctic. From the March 2015 print edition of Birdwatch Magazine.

VIA MAGAZINE: He Sings The Praises Of Western Birds

Oregon native Noah Strycker catapulted onto the national birding scene when he became Associate Editor of Birding magazine at just 22. His acclaimed second book, The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds And What They Reveal About Being Human, is just out in paperback. Read the full interview here.

AUDUBON MAGAZINE: Birding Without Borders

Birds are the world’s premier frequent flyers: They don’t need visas or passports to travel, and there are no blackout days. Whether it’s the Cerulean Warbler on the cover of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, the eponymous Goldfinch on Donna Tartt’s bestseller, or the Mockingjay holding together a revolution in The Hunger Games trilogy, to we humans, […]

Reviews of The Thing with Feathers

The Thing with Feathers is getting rave reviews! Some highlights: The New York Times Book Review said: “[Strycker] explains in wonderful stories that penguins are afraid of the dark (leopard seals wait in black waters to gobble them up) and that albatrosses truly love one another (mating for life and using each other’s breasts as […]

“The Thing With Feathers” is finally out!

My new book “The Thing With Feathers” is out from Riverhead Books in New York. It’s a collection of essays looking at the many surprising ways that birds and people are similar to each other. And it’s already gotten a great review in the Wall Street Journal, which said: He thinks like a biologist but […]

Pictures from Svalbard

This summer I spent two months on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, a Russian-owned, Canadian-operated expedition cruise ship, as the on-board ornithologist for five back-to-back trips around Svalbard. The archipelago is about 1,000 miles north of Norway, at the edge of the Arctic pack ice, about 500 miles from the North Pole, and it’s a hotspot […]

A Bird Blitz Across Peru

Just back from deepest, darkest Peru, where I have spent the past week and a half attending the Birding Rally Challenge – a wild, invitation-only birdwatching competition sponsored by Peru’s tourism board. Put simply, the Birding Rally Challenge is a contest between six teams of birders (from five countries) vying to see the most species […]

Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches?

I hear this question every now and then, often with a wink and a smile. The usual answer says that woodpeckers have spongy bones and thick muscles. They have a long tongue that wraps around inside their skull, a special adaptation to muffle their brain against all that pecking. One researcher even won a so-called […]

Bird World … Coming in 2014

  The manuscript is done! After spending more than a year working full time, I have written an entire book about bird behavior. Yes! I’m very excited about it: The book is wide-ranging, but focuses on ways that birds behave in parallel to humans. We can relate to a lot of the amazing, strange, and […]

Three Expeditions to Antarctica

Just got back from a month and a half in Antarctica, and life is good! I traveled with One Ocean Expeditions as an on-board ornithologist for three cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula (from South America), and what an amazing season – it was good to see my penguin friends again. The first trip also visited […]

Backyard Cougar on Camera

About a month ago, on a whim, I bought two remote cameras and put them up in my backyard. I had been inspired by the Jaguar camera trap project at Tiputini Biodiversity Station in eastern Ecuador. Jaguars are tough to study, so researchers at Tiputini have set out motion-sensing cameras in the jungle for the […]

Announcing… My Next Book!

Back in September, I got an email out of the blue from an editor at Riverhead Press, an imprint of Penguin Books in New York (the largest publisher in the world). “I’m looking for a writer for a book on birds,” she wrote, and “I think you’d be great for it.” She had been directed […]

Tiputini Megafauna

It’s easy to get preoccupied with birds and big cats, but Tiputini is full of other interesting wildlife. In the past two months I’ve seen some cool stuff here. For starters, monkeys are abundant. Tiputini is remarkable in hosting ten different species of primates, of which I’ve encountered eight: howler, wooly, spider, squirrel, tidi, and […]


At 9:10 this morning, I was working alone in a remote research plot about two miles from Tiputini. I’d just finished a transect of mixed-flock surveys and was standing quietly in a small clearing, writing in my field notebook, when something rustled a leaf at the edge of the open area. Thinking it was one […]

Biggest Big Day

The game: To find as many species of birds as possible in one day at Tiputini. The rules: Each bird must be positively identified by sight or sound. The players: Abby and me. Pretty simple, really. Abby and I got up at 3 am on Friday to do an all-out “Big Day” around the Tiputini […]

Double Celebrity Birthday

Birthdays are obviously healthy, since the people who have the most live the longest. I had a memorable one today. It’s pretty cool to turn 26 in Ecuador’s Amazonian rainforest. Last year I was banding birds in the highlands of Costa Rica for my 25th. Next year… who knows? Incredibly, out of the dozen researchers […]

The Tale of Tiny Tim

Fifteen days after arriving at Tiputini, I noticed a mosquito bite on my back that hadn’t seemed to heal right. Instead of disappearing, the lump was getting bigger, and, well, something inside it seemed alive. “Guys,” I said that evening at the dinner table, “I think I have a bot fly.” I knew by heart […]