2017 Keynote Speaker & Dessert Reception

" Bird World:  Insights for Humans from the World of Birds"

We are excited to bring Noah Strycker to the Verde River Valley for this special occasion. Join us for an evening of entertainment, delicious desserts and the opportunity to learn.

6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
Keynote Reception with Decadent Desserts  (Keynote Reception)
Cottonwood Rec Center, 150 S 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326


Noah Stryker is the Key Note speaker at the 2017 VVBNF
Noah Strycker is a 30-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man based near Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, during a quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents, he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year.

He has written two well-received books: The Thing with Feathers (2014), about the relationships between bird and human behavior, and Among Penguins (2011), describing a summer in an Antarctic field camp. Noah is Associate Editor of Birding magazine and regularly writes for Audubon and other publications. He is a popular commentator on birds, having given hundreds of presentations for natural history groups, festivals, universities, and conventions.

As an on-board ornithologist for expeditions to Antarctica and the high Arctic, Noah has traveled to Earth’s polar regions more than 20 times and is an expert on the birds of high latitudes. He has also worked on field research projects in Amazonian Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, the Australian Kimberley, the Farallon Islands, Hawaii, Michigan, Florida, and Maine.

Noah graduated on academic scholarship 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.

He is also a competitive tennis player and captained the Oregon State team at #1 singles. In the summer of 2011, Noah hiked the entire 2,665-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, averaging about 22 miles per day for four months straight.



Mission: The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.
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