Summer reading

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Noah Strycker’s The Thing with Feathers

Please read Noah Strycker’s book before arriving to campus. This entertaining book is a fascinating look at the lives of birds that also reveals interesting insights on human behavior.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifeline loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Strycker’s research and observations suggest that bird intelligence, altruism, self-awareness, love, and the meaning of home are analogous to human behavior and emotions. Activities once considered strictly human, such as dancing to music, recognizing on’s own reflection and creating art “are now,” according to Strycker, “recognized in birds.”

Noah Strycker’s liberal arts background includes a degree in fisheries and wildlife with a minor in fine arts. A professional writer and birder, his work offers a bridge between scientific observation, literary artistry, and insatiable curiosity about the world and its inhabitants.

We are also pleased to announce that Noah Strycker will speak directly to the first year class and give a public lecture to the Eckerd College community in September.

Noah Strycker

Noah Strycker, 29, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine and former columnist known as “BirdBoy” in WildBird magazine. Noah graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University in 2008 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, minoring in Fine Arts. He was named the American Birding Association‘s “Young Birder of the Year” in 2004.

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