Noah Strycker is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of three well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines. He blogs regularly for the American Birding Association. Noah set a world “Big Year” record in 2015—sighting more species of birds than anyone had before in a single calendar year—and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. Noah has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. Noah’s first book, Among Penguins, chronicles a field season working with Adélie Penguins in Antarctica. His second, The Thing with Feathers, celebrates the fascinating behaviors of birds and human parallels. Noah is also a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Noah is the author of the forthcoming National Geographic book Birds of the Photo Ark, which celebrates photographer Joel Sartore's portraits of birds.