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Birding Without Borders

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 North Cannon Drive

Chicago, IL 60614

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6:00 pm Explore the museum's Birds of Paradise exhibition
6:30 pm Noah Strycker talk, book signing to follow


In 2015, Noah Strycker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, yearlong, 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, car breakdowns, mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on all 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 Adélie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. His book sharing the inside story of his adventures has just been released. His presentation about his epic World Big Year will inspire a new appreciation for the birds, but the birders of the world.


Noah Strycker, age 31, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of two other books about birds (Among Penguins, and The Thing with Feathers), and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major birding magazines as well as other media. He blogs regularly for the American Birding Association. He has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands.


Complimentary light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Co-hosted by the Chicago Ornithological Society

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