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Noah Strycker
Still living life to the fullest.
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Peruvian Pygmy-Owl. If you blinked last week, you may have missed an outrageous birding competition—certainly the strangest, most wonderful I have ever attended—called the Birding Rally Challenge: an eight-day-long, no-holds-barred torneo June 11-18 across the deserts and jungles of northern Peru. The rally’s organizers call it birding’s World Cup, and,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at ABA Blog
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A cougar cub (with its mother's tail) caught by remote camera. Noah's backyard fence is visible in the upper left. (Click to enlarge.) I stumbled into my first camera trap a few years ago while birding on Panama’s famous Barro Colorado Island. As I walked quietly down a jungle trail,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at ABA Blog
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If the tourists on an Antarctic cruise aren't birders when they step on the boat, then by god Noah Strycker will make sure they're birders when they leave it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at ABA Blog
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A screen capture of the Southeast Farallon Island webcam from September 25th, showing a Nashville Warbler clinging to the lighthouse antenna. On the morning of September 14th, a birder named Matt Brady turned on his computer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, opened an internet browser, and clicked on the Farallon Islands... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at ABA Blog
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I was chilled out on Valium when it happened, but I remember distinctly that everything went very blurry, almost black, when a laser sliced a flap from the front of each one of my eyeballs near the crux of the LASIK corrective vision procedure earlier this month. It was unnerving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at ABA Blog
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When my friends Jay and Tim and I decided to try a county big day in late June, we picked low-hanging fruit. Hood River County, along the Columbia River east of Portland, leads the world in Anjou pear production. It’s also tied three ways among Oregon’s 36 counties for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at ABA Blog
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Over the past year, I have given a slide show about penguins at more than 40 different venues—from kindergarten camps to retirement homes, service clubs to bird festivals, and Audubon clubs and university groups. It was partly to promote my book, “Among Penguins,” and partly to spread the awesomeness of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at ABA Blog
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“You’re famous,” a grinning primate researcher told me last week. “My whole family has heard about that gringo with the bot fly.” Not that I came to Amazonian Ecuador this winter in search of gruesome tropical parasites, but might as well be known for something, eh? And, honestly, I sort... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at ABA Blog
Thanks, Jeff - glad you enjoyed it!
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2011 on 63 Saw-whets in One Night at ABA Blog
Good luck with finding one in NC. I know there are saw-whet owl banding stations as far south as Alabama, but they're happy to catch 10 owls in a season down there ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2011 on 63 Saw-whets in One Night at ABA Blog
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Before arriving in Maine a little less than a month ago, I’d seen exactly two Saw-whet Owls in my entire life (one at Oregon’s Malheur NWR a few years back, and one on California’s Southeast Farallon Island last fall). That doesn’t count a bunch of “heard-only” birds on various dark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at ABA Blog
Hey Casey - Awesome! Thanks for the nice comment, and good luck with classes ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2011 on Finishing the 2,665-Mile Bird Walk at ABA Blog
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A couple weeks ago, somewhere on the Pacific Crest Trail in the mountains of northern Washington, I met another hiker walking south. By way of introduction, he pointed at the Leica binoculars around my neck. “You a birder?” “Yes,” I said. “I’ve carried these binocs for the last 2,500 miles,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at ABA Blog
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In two weeks I will heft a backpack, drape my Leica binocs around my neck, and begin walking slowly north from the Mexican border near San Diego. If all goes well, I’ll arrive, considerably hairier and dustier, at the Canadian border in mid-September, having continuously hiked and birded the deserts... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at ABA Blog
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Somewhere between the Red Bull models on our birdathon, Christmas dinner at a remote jungle station, and the Barred Forest-Falcon we caught on my 25th birthday (along with the visiting Japanese prince, the Bullet Ant bite that knocked me unconscious, and the December flood to end all floods), I’ve noticed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at ABA Blog
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An algae-covered, two-story, four-bedroom, 140-year-old wooden house on a tiny, windswept island of crumbling granite, 20 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, boasts the biggest yard list in North America. More bird species have been recorded from within arm’s length of this house than any other residential structure north... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at ABA Blog
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