Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

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Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world’s 10,000 species of birds in one year.

In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record.

This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us—and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.
 

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Title:Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World
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  • Victoria Peipert

    Fascinating story! As a very casual bird watcher and nature enthusiast the story in this book intrigued me. It was engaging and was hard to put down since I was dying to know how everything would turn...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    I’ve always suspected I wouldn’t like travelogues, that they’d just leave me feeling jealous. I’m therefore surprised to report that what I really loved about this birding memoir was hearing a...

  • Alison

    In 2015 the author traveled through 41 countries and 7 continents on his quest to find 5,000 birds in a year long journey. I have definitely become an armchair birder as I love reading about peoples j...

  • Dennis Winge

    Noah wrote an excellent account of his big year in setting the record for most bird species seen in a single calendar year. He presents a nice overview on his strategy to set the record and then provi...

  • Viva

    I'm a backyard birder and I quite looked forward to this book. Unfortunately it's hard to read. I feel bad for my rating, I commend this guy on writing a book on what he loves and I want him to succee...

  • Suzanne

    Loved it! This is a fantastic complement to the blog Noah wrote while on his global Big Year, and it adds more about the many local people he met along the way and the situations he found himself in. ...

  • kglibrarian

    Loved this! So many fascinating details about his time exploring different countries and their birds. As a casual bird watcher I’m now determined to get a pair of binoculars and take it to the next ...

  • Erika

    AwesomeI've read a lot of birding narratives, and this one is a must have. With exquisite attention to detail and the people he travelled with, Noah Strycker takes birders on a whirlwind tour of the g...

  • David Holtzclaw

    This is a delightful account of Mr. Stryker's journey & record breaking bird count. Even if you're not a birder, this is totally enjoyable & makes me want to buy some new binoculars to hit the trail....

  • Ken

    What a wonderful book. But, I am biased. I was lucky enough to have been at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area's Boardwalk on NW Ohio last spring in May for the spring migration. Noah was visiting that are...