Noah Strycker

Rachael McDonald

After an entire year travelling around the world, Noah Strycker is home from his “big year” of birding. The 29-year-old from Creswell was able to identify 6 thousand 42 species of birds, breaking the world record.

Corey Arnold / Birding Without Borders

The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon is now in its 2nd week. The spot in remote Harney County is a favorite for Eugene area birder and author, Noah Strycker, who just returned from a record-breaking “big year” journey around the world.

Corey Arnold / Birding Without Borders

Eugene birder Noah Strycker has achieved his goal of seeing 5,000 different birds during his international "Big Year" of birding.

Noah Strycker

Noah Strycker of Eugene is traveling the world in his "Big Year" of birding.

Noah Strycker is the author of The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human. He’s also associate editor of Birding magazine, and he’ll be the guest speaker at this month’s Lane County Audubon Society meeting on Tuesday evening, April 22nd. He speaks with Eric Alan about birds’ surprising intelligence, including aspects of altruism, art and dance.