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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...

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