Entries by Noah Strycker

AUDUBON: Two Guys Just Broke the North American Big Year Record–But How?

When Sandy Komito (the cheery guy played by Owen Wilson in the movie The Big Year) saw 748 species in 1998, many thought his North American birding record would last forever. In fact, Komito’s number stood for 15 years—until Neil Hayward managed to log 749 species during a frenzied transcontinental run. Since then, birders have wondered when […]

LONDON FREE PRESS (CANADA): Birding Takes Flight in New Millennium

Strycker, a 30-year-old full-time birder and bird book author, spent time on all seven continents to amass the historic list. “Maybe the best part was meeting hundreds of local birders around the world and spending time with them in the field. I discovered that birding has become a truly international pursuit. Just as many birds […]

ECUADOR TRIP (FEBRUARY 2018): A thousand birds or $1,000 back!

Join Noah and one of Ecuador’s best birders, Edison Buenano, for the ultimate trip to the tropics: A thousand birds in one month! With over 1,600 species, including many endemics, Ecuador is a birder’s paradise, and many of its lodges have been built specifically for birders and photographers. We’ll try our best to hit 1,000, otherwise you get a […]

AUDUBON: The Birds Are Back at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

In the high desert of southeast Oregon, a long winter is over—and, like the Ross’s Geese and Sandhill Cranes that descend on this area each spring, birders are arriving in flocks. On the weekend of April 8–10, several hundred enthusiastic birders inundated the city of Burns, population 2,700, for the 35th annual Harney County Migratory Bird […]


On December 31, 2014, as midnight approached, passengers on the Antarctic cruise ship Akademik Ioffe prepared to toast the New Year. Noah Strycker joined fellow shipmates in a hot tub on deck, and took a swig from a bottle of champagne. Then he did what only the wonkiest among us might even consider: He got to […]

KEZI NEWS: Creswell Man Sets New Birding Record

CRESWELL, Ore — A Creswell man is making a global name for himself.  29-year-old Noah Strycker just set a new world record by viewing more than 6,000 birds in a year and equally important as watching the birds — is the attention this story is garnering. Read the full article here.


We’ve three interviews for you this episode. We’re talking with Noah Strycker, the new Big Year world record holder who in 2015 travelled to 41 countries on all seven continents and finished with a remarkable 6042 species on his year list; with the RSPB’s Andre Farrar discussing the recently-released government Hen Harrier Action Plan – […]

VICE NEWS: Birdwatchers Have Their Feathers Ruffled Over Oregon Occupiers

“Occupy Malheur? Strategically, that’s like taking over a rest stop,” Strycker said. “As this episode continues, though, I’m angry. These guys don’t care about anyone’s interest except their own, and they have no idea where they are. Malheur is a special place to Oregonians and to birders. It’s remote, desolate, and starkly beautiful; the kind […]

SLATE MAGAZINE: A World Record Big Year for Birds

I doubt anyone had a busier 2015 than Noah Strycker. Beginning in Antarctica on New Year’s Day 2015, the 29-year-old Oregon man crisscrossed 41 countries on all seven continents on his way to shattering the record for most bird species seen in a single year. Of the estimated 10,400 bird species on Earth, Strycker saw 6,042 of […]

EL PAIS NEWSPAPER (SPAIN): El Hombre Que Vio 6.000 Aves Este Año

Noah Strycker, escritor, periodista, fotógrafo y apasionado de las aves, se encuentra ahora mismo en Australia, segun relata en su blog Birding Without Borders. Le abordamos en una entrevista entrecortada por su frenética actividad dentro de una aventura a la que le quedan escasos días para terminar y que está marcada por un reto: ver […]


Noah Strycker was in a hotel room in Ethiopia when he saw news that Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had been occupied by an armed group protesting the federal government’s imprisonment of two local ranchers. He had just completed a record-breaking “Big Year” of birding, in which he often spent 18 hours a day, without […]

ABA BLOG: Congratulations, Noah Strycker! 6,000+ Species in 2015

Big Years are inherently dramatic, particularly when the record is there to be broken. In the case of former Birding associate editor Noah Strycker, this last month of his global quest was less about the record he smashed weeks ago and more about the impossible bar he was about to set. Read the full article […]