Noah K. Strycker
5253 SW Rose Place
Corvallis OR 97333
Avian research, photography, writing, and illustration.
Current Academic Standing: Senior, Oregon State University (GPA:
Academic Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science (minor in Fine
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2008
Highschool: South Eugene High School, class of 2003 (GPA: 4.0)
SAT Score: 1500
Scholarships, and Exhibitions
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation
Mentors Scholarship, OSU Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife (Mar
Munson Leadership Award, OSU Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Multnomah Anglers/Hunters Scholarship, OSU Dept. of Fisheries
& Wildlife (Mar 07)
Vivian Schriver Thompson Scholarship, OSU Dept. of Fisheries &
Wildlife (2006, 07)
Mike and Kay Brown Scholarship, OSU Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife
E.R. Jackman Scholarship, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences
Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, Morris K. Udall Foundation
Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award, Oregon State University
Cape May Bird Observatory, NJ Young Artists Show (May 05)
Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity
award (Apr 05)
2004 Young Birder of the Year, American Birding Association (Mar
Henry Mastin Memorial Scholarship, OSU Dept. of Fisheries &
Wildlife (Jan 05)
Oregon State University Presidential Scholarship (full academic,
#1 Player, Oregon State Men's Tennis Team (2004-07)
American Ornithologists' Union Student Scholarship (2004-07)
National Merit Scholar (2003)
Outstanding Senior Project, Int'l High School, South Eugene High
Outstanding in All Subjects, Int'l High School, South Eugene High
School (2001, 02)
Most Valuable Player, South Eugene High School Men's Tennis Team
University of Oregon Museum of Natural History Scientific Illustration
4-time Finisher, Portland Marathon (99, 00, 02, 03)
Volunteer Surveyor, East Cascades Bird Conservancy Winter
Raptor Survey Project; completed three surveys of wintering raptors
near Corvallis in the Willamette Valley; drove preassigned routes
and kept track of numbers of various raptor species.
Dec 2006-Jan 2007: full-time Field Researcher, Ivory-billed
Woodpecker search project, Choctawhatchee River Basin, Florida;
searched for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers from kayak and on foot,
navigated with GPS, lived in remote field camp with up to 10 other
full-time Field Researcher, Project Puffin, coastal Maine;
observed, monitored, handled, banded, and resighted young Atlantic
Puffins, various terns, and other seabirds on seven small islands
off the Maine coast with field crew of 2-6 people; located nests,
did watches from blinds, and gathered and entered data for the
project; helped interpret to the public and enforce closed areas.
Apr-Jun 2006: Course Teaching Assistant, Systematics of
Birds, Oregon State University; assisted professor with logistics
of field trips and arranging study specimens in lab, helped students
*Jan 2006-present: Associate Editor, Birding magazine;
review and edit article manuscripts and rounds of page proofs,
correspond with authors when necessary; work tightly with Editor;
the "Birding Interview" with well-known birders
inside each issue (Jan 2007-present).
Jun-Jul 2005: full-time Field Researcher, temperate bird
life history research project, W. K. Kellogg Biological Station,
Hickory Corners, Michigan; searched for and monitored approximately
500 songbird nests with field crew of 3 people in mixed/open woodland
study site in southwest Michigan; weighed/measured chicks and
eggs on set schedules, gathered and entered data for the project.
*Jan 2005-present: Columnist, known as "BirdBoy"
in WildBird magazine; 1,000-word column in each issue (bimonthly)
about personal birding adventures, usually appears near page 20
*Jan 2004-present: Field Notes Editor, Oregon Birds
journal, southeast Oregon region; gather, edit, and condense notable
bird sightings from each season into a written summary and dataset
for print and web publication.
Mar-Jul 2004: full-time Field Researcher, tropical bird
life history research project, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,
Gamboa field station, Panama; searched for and monitored approximately
700 tropical bird nests with field crew of 4 people (including
2 who spoke only Spanish) in primary and disturbed rainforest
study sites in central Panama; weighed/measured chicks and eggs
on set schedules, gathered and entered data for the project; part
of a diverse group of researchers working on other projects at
the same site.
Sept-Nov 2003: full-time Volunteer, Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge, eastern Oregon; helped with field work on the Refuge from
counting Sandhill Cranes to mending barbed wire fences; used GPS
to map well locations on the Refuge; staffed a small Visitor Center
on weekends; illustrated a Great Blue Heron on nest for a new
interpretive panel; entered a large dataset of waterfowl band
recoveries; nominated the Refuge as an Important Bird Area; helped
with special events; took care of an assigned work vehicle; lived
alone in a remote area 30 miles from nearest town.
2002-2003: part-time and full-time (summers) Park Ranger,
Willamette Valley Projects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; monitored
many wildlife species, ran spring bird point counts, published
a checklist of the birds of Fern Ridge Reservoir, nominated Fern
Ridge as an Important Bird Area, added Hills Creek Reservoir to
the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail, banded young Purple Martins,
shoveled gravel for a new campground, completed many varied assigned
May-Jul 2002: Field Monitor, Western Oregon Snag-nesting
Purple Martin Monitoring Project; monitored a known Purple Martin
colony in a snag in an overgrown clearcut southwest of Eugene
throughout the breeding season.
Freelance Writer, Photographer, and Illustrator.
Contribute articles, photographs, and illustrations to various
publications, e.g. magazines (Birder's World, Birding, WildBird,
Bird Watcher's Digest, Living Bird, Birds and Blooms, Oregon Coast),
books (essay in Good Birders Don't Wear White, compiled
by White 2007; illustrated Bird Coloration, Hill and McGraw
2006; illustrations in Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley,
Massey and Vroman 2003), and various government publications,
reports, and calendars.
Strycker, N. 2007. Southern Discomfort. WildBird May/Jun:
2007. A bird in the hand. WildBird Mar/Apr: 22-23.
Strycker, N. 2007. A Birding interview: Paul Ehrlich, birds,
and the environment. Birding Mar/Apr: 18-19.
Strycker, N. 2007. Puffin stuff. WildBird Jan/Feb: 22-23.
N. 2007. A Birding interview with Kenn Kaufman. Birding
Strycker, N. 2007. Become a pod person: the iBirder. In Good
birders don't wear white: 50 tips from North America's top birders.
White, L. (Ed.). Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston. 123-127.
Strycker, N. 2006. Picture perfect. Birds and Blooms Dec/Jan:
Strycker, N. 2006. Holiday gatherings for the birds. Oregon
Coast Dec: 36-37.
Strycker, N. 2006. A young bird artist. WildBird Nov/Dec:
Strycker, N. 2006. The cornflake king and I. WildBird Sep/Oct:
2006. Backpacking with the birds. WildBird Jul/Aug: 14-15.
and W. D. Robinson. 2006. A birder's guide to the pipeline. Living
Bird Spring: 14-21.
2006. Big day. WildBird May/Jun: 14-15.
2006. In search of nests. WildBird Mar/Apr: 10-11.
Strycker, N. 2006. The heart of darkness. WildBird Jan/Feb:
2005. Avian art. WildBird Nov/Dec: 10-11.
2005. iLike my iPod! Birding Nov/Dec: 666-668.
Strycker, N., W. D. Robinson, and T. R. Robinson. (November 9,
2005). Comparative Egg Sizes of North Temperate and Neotropical
Birds. Poster presented at the 3rd annual Research Advances in
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology (RAFWE) Symposium, Oregon State
Strycker, N. 2005. Will work for life birds. WildBird Sep/Oct:
Strycker, N. 2005. Birding in burns. Bird Watcher's Digest
Strycker, N. 2005. Rich in written detail: historical field notes
about southeastern Oregon bring the past to life. WildBird
Strycker, N. 2005. The gap year. WildBird Jul/Aug: 10-11.
Strycker, N. 2005. Secrets of a big day addict: how to find more
birds in 24 hours in your state than anyone in history-and have
fun doing it. Birder's World Jun: 34-39.
Strycker, N. 2005. Home on the refuge. WildBird May/Jun:
Strycker, N. 2005. Blind date. WildBird Mar/Apr: 10.
Strycker, N. 2005. I never met a vulture I didn't like. WildBird
Strycker, N. 2004. A backyard checklist. Bird Watcher's Digest
Strycker, N. 2004. Far afield: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Bird Watcher's Digest Jan/Feb: 104-113.
Strycker, N. 2003. San Blas, Mexico: big-time birding in a small
tropical town. Birding Aug: 368-374.
Strycker, N. 2003. Five best places to find birds. Oregon Coast
Strycker, N. 2003. Gearing up for the ABA convention: birdfinding
in Eugene, Oregon. Birding Apr: 146-154.
Strycker, N. 2003. Black-capped Chickadee. In Birds of Oregon:
a general reference.
Marshall, D., Hunter, M., and Contreras, A. (Eds.). Oregon State
University Press, 438-440.
Strycker, N. 2003. Mountain Chickadee. In Birds of Oregon:
a general reference. Marshall, D., Hunter, M., and Contreras,
A. (Eds.). Oregon State University Press, 440-441.
Strycker, N. 2003. Green Heron. In Birds of Oregon: a general
reference. Marshall, D., Hunter, M., and Contreras, A. (Eds.).
Oregon State University Press, 68-69.
Strycker, N. 2003. Cedar Waxwing. In Birds of Oregon: a general
reference. Marshall, D., Hunter, M., and Contreras, A. (Eds.).
Oregon State University Press, 501-502.
Strycker, N. 2003. Miniature artwork. WildBird Jan/Feb:
Strycker, N. 2003. Backyard birder. Oregon Coast Jan/Feb:
Strycker, N. 2003. Early twentieth century ornithology in Malheur
County, Oregon. Oregon Field Ornithologists Spec. Pub. No.
18. [Reviewed in Western Birds (2004), 35(4), 224-225.]
Strycker, N. 2002. Issues with birds. Birder's World Aug:
Shelton, Albert C. 2002 (reprint; original publication date 1917).
A distributional list of the land birds of west central Oregon.
Strycker, N. (Ed.). Oregon Field Ornithologists Spec. Pub. No.
Active Member in: American Ornithologists' Union, Western
Field Ornithologists, Oregon Field Ornithologists, American Birding
Association, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Oregon State University
Fisheries and Wildlife Club, Oregon State Tennis Team.
Last Updated: March 3, 2007