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

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Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World Read Online Free - 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 traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record.

This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us—and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

Title : Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World
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ISBN : 0544558146
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★★★

December 01, 2017

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 record, he stayed with loca...

Victoria rated it ★★★★☆

October 15, 2017

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 rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

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 informativ...

Dennis rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2017

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 a...

Viva rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 23, 2017

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 "t...

Bookslut rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2018

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 mode...

Suzanne rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2017

Loved it! This is a fantastic complement to the blog Noah wrote while on his global Big Year, and it adds more about the many local people he met along the way and the situations he found himself in. I'm so impressed that such a brilliant birder also has such super writing skills. It's a page tur...

Esther rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

One of the best birding travel books I've read!! I appreciated the stories of searches for birds with local people.

kglibrarian rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

Loved this! So many fascinating details about his time exploring different countries and their birds. As a casual bird watcher I’m now determined to get a pair of binoculars and take it to the next level.

Erika rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

Awesome I've read a lot of birding narratives, and this one is a must have. With exquisite attention to detail and the people he travelled with, Noah Strycker takes birders on a whirlwind tour of the globe's best birding locations. "But I read the blog about his trip on Audubon," some say. Me too,...

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