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Noah Strycker

About Noah Strycker

Ornithology Presenter & Guide


By the age of 34, Noah had packed in more birding adventures than most people do in a lifetime. He set a world record in 2015 as the first person to see 6,042 species of birds (more than half the planet’s bird species) in a single year.   

Noah first picked up his binoculars at age 10 and was named Young Birder of the Year by the American Birding Association in 2004. In addition to his work as an onboard naturalist in Svalbard, he has worked on expedition cruises to Antarctica and has studied birds in the remote Australian outback, the Galapagos, the Farallon Islands, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Ecuadorian Amazon. He writes and photographs regularly for a variety of publications, is an associate editor of Birding magazine, and is the author of five books, The Thing with Feathers, Among PenguinsBirding Without BordersBirds of the Photo Ark, and Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America. 

Noah is currently a graduate student at Stony Brook University, where he is studying the abundance and distribution of Chinstrap Penguins in Antarctica. In 2008, Noah spent 3 months in a frozen tent at Cape Crozier on Ross Island, Antarctica, studying a colony of 300,000 Adélie penguins. A competitive tennis player, he has also run 5 marathons and, in 2011, hiked the 2,650-mile (4,265 km) Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.