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“Birding Without Borders”

Self-proclaimed “bird nerd” Noah Stryckerset a worldwide Big Year record in 2015. His book about the experience, Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, was released in late 2017.

Strycker starts out the 2018 “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series on Friday, Jan. 19. He will be presenting three free programs at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

Oregon birder Strycker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Associate editor of Birding magazine, the author has written two other well-regarded books about birds — The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human; and Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica. Strycker is a regular contributor of photography and articles to major birding magazines and other media. He blogs regularly for the American Birding Association.

Strycker will sign copies of his book, available for purchase in the Refuge Nature Store, following the lectures. Proceeds from the Nature Store sales directly benefit refuge wildlife, education, and research.

Seating for the lectures will be limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save one extra seat each and then may explore the Visitor & Education Center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time.

As usual, Wildlife Drive closes on Friday, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the free Visitor & Education Center, Indigo Trail, and recreational opportunities at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s official recreation concession located at its Tarpon Bay Recreation Area.

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