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Soaring to the top: Oregon 'bird man' sets world record
as a personal challenge to spot
as many species of birds as pos-
sible so, armed with a 40-liter
backpack and a computer with
scanned pages from a pile of
fi eld guides taller than his just-
over-fi ve-foot frame, Strycker
began traveling the world with a
goal: 5,000 types of birds spot-
ted in 365 days.
“On Jan. 1, 2015 I was on a
Russian ship in Antarctica be-
cause if you’re going to see the
world you might as well start
at the end of it,” Strycker told
the Cottage Grove Rotary Club
during a talk on Jan. 11. The
Creswell native hosts a series of
speaking engagements through-
out the state as well as across the
globe, telling his bird tales.
That fi rst day, Strycker saw a
Chinstrap Penguin as his fourth
bird and with 4,996 species to
go, he made a few rules for his
quest: he had to see the bird with
at least one other person and that
Noah Strycker visited 41 countries in one year to spot more than 6,000
person had to be a resident of the
species of birds for his Big Year.
country he was birding in. The
result? Strycker met hundreds of
By Caitlyn May
to see thousands of birds.
One group met him at dawn in the tropics while
oah Strycker had one thought when his another drove fi ve and a half hours to bird with
publisher greenlighted a year-round trip him all night in Iceland where the sun doesn’t set
around the world. “Oh crap.”
in June, only to turn around and drive home in
In 2014, Strycker published “A Thing with time for work. They saw 54 species of birds be-
Feathers,” a deep dive into why birds do what tween midnight and 6 a.m.
they do, which landed on the New York Times Best
“That'S the type of help you will get when you
Seller list and earned the praise of literary critics share a passion for a project,” Strycker said.
from the Boston Globe and Newsweek. But 2015
Traveling west to east, Strycker came home to
was Strycker’s Big Year.
Oregon only once—to get a haircut. He spent Val-
The birding community describes a Big Year entine’s Day in Peru at 16,000 feet above sea lev-
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thought, it’d be a shame to get that close to 6,000
and not get there.”
So, after navigating the complex red tape of
passports and plane tickets on Christmas Day,
Strycker returned to India and on Dec. 29 found
the Yellow Rumped Honeyguide, marking his
6,000th bird.
“I visited 41 countries on all seven continents,
traveled more than 100,000 miles and saw 6,042
species of birds,” he said. In the end, Strycker
spent $160,000 on the trip, working out to "$10
per bird." “It depends what you think is expen-
sive,” he said. “It shows you can travel on any
budget and see and do things.”
Above, a Painted Buntings, a bird Strycker says he
doesn't get to see very often. The bird was spotted on
a trip off the Georgia coast in early October.
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el, Christmas in Australia where he saw just one
Christmas tree. It was in made out of car tires and
placed outside a gas station. He slept on the fl oor
of a Norwegian forest and traveled so frequently
that he would spend a few hours in India and 24
hours later, fi nd himself in the Himalayas.
One day in Peru, Strycker had the fl u. He woke
at dawn with his guide, Gooner, and set out for
a mountaintop to spot a bird with a yellow neck
and a crown of blue. A dead car battery later, the
pair made it into the trail, to the top of the hill and
spotted the bird.
“I turn around and we’re stuck on this moun-
taintop,” he said. “I go around to push and Goon-
er gets in to drive and says, ‘We
have another dead battery here.’ I
look down and we have two fl at
tires. So, we get our luggage out,
me with my backpack and Gooner
with two airport-sized suitcases
and we start walking.”
The pair walked for miles be-
fore stumbling upon potato farm-
“Gooner opens one of his big
suitcases and it is just packed with
oranges. I said, ‘Gooner, that’s got
to be 30 pounds, you were just go-
ing to carry that the whole way?’
But Gooner starts handing out
oranges. We share these oranges
with these farmers on this cliff
side and then they ask if we need
a ride,” he said.
There were agriculture worker
strikes, bus wrecks and landslides
but the worst delay Strycker en-
countered? A 27-hour delay in New York City.
None of which, distracted Strycker from his goal:
5,000 birds in a year.
“In December, in Australia, I saw the Mul-
ga Parrot as my 5,959th bird,” he said. “But I
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