Sharing our love and admiration for the birds of Umatilla County, Oregon
Bird Club Meetings – Fall 2022
We hope to resume in-person meetings in fall 2022. More information to follow.
OCTOBER BIRD CLUB MEETING
7:00 PM, Thursday, October 13, 2022
Presbyterian Church (Rogers room)
201 SW Dorion Ave.
Chinstrap Penguins Of Elephant Island
by Noah Stryker
Antarctica’s windswept Elephant Island may be best known as the bleak refuge of British explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew after they lost their ship Endurance in 1916. Today, the island is a stronghold for thousands of nesting Chinstrap Penguins. To find out how these penguins are faring, Noah Strycker traveled to the island in 2021 with a team of Stony Brook University researchers on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Their mission was to count the penguins breeding there—a feat that had been done only once before, 50 years earlier by a British Joint Services expedition. From Endurance to Esperanza, Strycker recounts the adventures of life on the Southern Ocean—and follows the changing fortunes of the Chinstrap Penguins of Elephant Island. This presentation will give you an uncommon view of the most common penguin in the Antarctic.
Noah Strycker is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of six well-regarded books about birds, a penguin scientist, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media. In 2021, he earned a master’s degree with honors from New York’s Stony Brook University, focusing his research on Chinstrap Penguins. In 2015, Strycker set a world Big Year record, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. His other books are Among Penguins (Oregon State University Press, 2011), The Thing with Feathers (Riverhead Books, 2014), Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic, 2018), National Geographic Guide to the Backyard Birds of North America (National Geographic, 2019), and Birding Basics (National Geographic, 2022). Strycker 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. Strycker is 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 Creswell, Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com