Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World by Noah Strycker

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world’s 10,000 species of birds in one year. In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he tr...

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  • Victoria Peipert
    Fascinating story! As a very casual bird watcher and nature enthusiast the story in this book intrigued me. It was engaging and was hard to put down since I was dying to know how everything would turn out at the end of the year. -1 star for the editing - it could have been stronger....
  • Alison
    In 2015 the author traveled through 41 countries and 7 continents on his quest to find 5,000 birds in a year long journey. I have definitely become an armchair birder as I love reading about peoples journeys to track birds, and also watch the ones that live around me. This was a really informative a...
  • Viva
    I'm a backyard birder and I quite looked forward to this book. Unfortunately it's hard to read. I feel bad for my rating, I commend this guy on writing a book on what he loves and I want him to succeed. But I don't think he's a natural writer and he might need a good editor.It says on the back "this...
  • Dennis Winge
    Noah wrote an excellent account of his big year in setting the record for most bird species seen in a single calendar year. He presents a nice overview on his strategy to set the record and then provides a compelling travelogue on his travels and importantly his uses of local birding experts to acco...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    I’ve always suspected I wouldn’t like travelogues, that they’d just leave me feeling jealous. I’m therefore surprised to report that what I really loved about this birding memoir was hearing about the author’s travels. As the author traveled the world to beat a birding recor...
  • Wanda
    I enjoyed this memoir much more than I anticipated. Late last year, I read this author’s Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica, which I enjoyed because I am a penguin fanatic. I have done a fair bit of travel in the pursuit of birds, so I picked up this volume with both hope and reservations...
  • Bookslut
    This was a fantastic reading experience. I had a friend once tell me that I wring the most I can out of every book. I thought they was a really neat idea. If there are books that are well-suited to be wrung, this one provides a particularly rich example. Noah Stryker designed an unbelievable modern-...
  • Gunnar Engblom
    I finished reading Noah Strycker’s Birding Without Boarders an obsession. Noah sets out to do a big year around the world in 2015 and records a mind-blowing 6042 species and shattering the old record.Yet another Big Year book for birders? I am wondering if the literary market is soon going to b...
  • David
    This review appeared in edited form in the June 2018 issue of Birding magazine. Copyright David W. Liebmann and Birding.Noah Stryker’s new book takes on four ambitious goals: immersing his readers in different landscapes around the globe, introducing us to fellow birders of many nationalities, ...

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