Breaking birding record only beginning for Oregon man
September 24, 2017
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year's Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand.
But as soon as the clock finished tolling midnight, the 28-year-old Oregon State University graduate got down to work.
The cruise ship, a converted Soviet research vessel called the Akademik Ioffe, was bobbing in the frigid waters off the coast of Antarctica, and Strycker was on a mission: to identify more bird species in a single year than anyone had ever done before.
Among birdwatchers, it's a feat known as the Big Year...