Noah Strycker’s Big Year Companion Guides
In 2015 Noah Strycker achieved something truly remarkable. Setting out from Antarctica on the first of January, he birded every spare moment of every day of the year, travelling to 41 countries.
Noah’s objective was to record 5000 different birds that appear on the species list of The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World. In fact, he far exceeded this target and reached a total of 6042.
The series of eBooks listed below together provide a Companion Guide to the whole of Noah Strycker’s ‘big year’ (NSBY). Their aim is to help birders and bird lovers all over the world share in Noah’s remarkable feat of endurance, and at the same time learn more about the birds he encountered on his amazing journey.
To see all the titles in the ‘Noah Strycker’s Big Year’ series, search in the Books section of your local Amazon site for NSBY. Or, click here to see all NSBY titles on Amazon US; or here to see all NSBY titles on Amazon UK.
You might also want to read Noah’s own book about his ‘big year’ – Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World. You can find it on your local Amazon site, or click here for Noah Strycker’s book on Amazon US, or here to see it on Amazon UK.
Some background details
A list of all the birds recorded by Noah Strycker during his record-breaking Big Year is held on the Audubon website in three parts:
The Species List (Part 1) covers Day 1 to Day 181 (January to June), birds 1 to 3334
The Species List (Part 2) covers Day 182 to Day 273 (July to September), birds 3335 to 4563
The Species List (Part 3) covers Day 274 to Day 365 (October to December), birds 4564 to 6042
As Noah travelled around the world during 2015 he wrote a web log (blog) that was published on the website of the National Audubon Society (Audubon). There is one blog post for each day of the year. The blogs for each day can be accessed by clicking on links from within the Audubon species lists.
The online bird list used by Noah Strycker to record his sightings is based on The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Clements list is hosted on the Cornell site here: Clements Checklist. The list is updated once a year in August. The English names for birds that appear on the Audubon species lists are derived from the version of the Clements list that was published in August 2015.
The NSBY series of Companion Guides primarily use English names and scientific names of birds derived from The IOC World Bird List, an open access resource maintained by the International Ornithological Congress (IOC). The IOC bird list is hosted on a dedicated World Bird Names website, which provides access to the list in various different formats.
The version of the IOC bird list used in the NSBY ebooks is Version 6.1, published in first quarter 2016.
Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird List (v 6.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.6.1.
This version of the IOC bird list reflects the status of bird species as recognized by the IOC at the end of Noah’s ‘big year’.
NSBY SERIES +++ Noah Strycker’s Big Year: A Companion Guide – COMPENDIA
Two eBooks covering Noah’s entire quest, plus another (the ‘Overview’) providing a summary of the birds he saw and many of the sites he visited, along with some facts and figures from his adventure.
DAYS 1 to 175 THE AMERICAS, WESTERN PALEARCTIC
DAYS 176 to 365 AFRICA, ASIA, AUSTRALASIA
OVERVIEW Summary, Facts and Figures
NSBY SERIES +++ Noah Strycker’s Big Year: A Companion Guide – PART-BY-PART
Seven smaller eBooks that follow Noah through the year as he travels from one part of the world to another. [Note: The combined contents are the same as the first two COMPENDIA eBooks listed above.] This NSBY series is designed for readers who wish to concentrate on particular geographical regions.
PART ONE: SOUTHERN AMERICA
PART TWO: NORTH-WEST SOUTH AMERICA
PART THREE: MIDDLE AMERICA, NORTH AMERICA
PART FOUR: WESTERN PALEARCTIC
PART FIVE: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
PART SIX: MIDDLE EAST, INDIAN SUBCONTINENT, EASTERN ASIA
PART SEVEN: SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA, AUSTRALASIA, Finale in India