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

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Adventure with the delightfully nerdy naturalist writer Noah Strycker as he meets 6,042 species and many unforgettable people who lovingly help him along the way. You don't have to be a birder to love this book. Soon you'll be sharing Strycker’s hopeful and unique perspective on the world. --Nicole

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544558144
ISBN-10: 0544558146
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English