In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon 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. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (audubon.org/noah), and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.
Lili Taylor has discovered that the tools she uses as an actor (looking, listening, focusing, describing, and empathy) are also useful when she’s outdoors birding. In this keynote presentation, Lili will share with us how she came to this realization, what it’s like to be so passionate about two seemingly different things, and she’ll tell some stories of birding experiences she’s had during her successful acting career. She has appeared in films such as Mystic Pizza, I Shot Andy Warhol, and The Conjuring, television series American Crime and Six Feet Under, and she proudly serves on the board of the American Birding Association and the National Audubon Society.
Join Carrie Barron, Assistant Director of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, as she introduces you to the exciting world of Birds of Prey. Learn about amazing adaptations that make them the top predators of the sky. She will be bringing both a non-releasable Eastern Screech and a Barred Owl for an up-close experience.
All presentations are free with your Expo weekend entry fee of $10. You can buy your tickets now!Don’t miss our free bird walks each morning before the Expo begins »