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The year he graduated from college, 22-year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two bird scientists and a three months’ supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter million penguins.Compact, industrious, and approachable, the Adélie Penguins who call Antarctica home visit their breeding grounds each Antarctic summerThe year he graduated from college, 22-year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two bird scientists and a three months’ supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter million penguins.Compact, industrious, and approachable, the Adélie Penguins who call Antarctica home visit their breeding grounds each Antarctic summer to nest and rear their young before returning to sea. Because of long-term studies, scientists may know more about how these penguins will adjust to climate change than about any other creature in the world.Bird scientists like Noah are less well known. Like the intrepid early explorers of Antarctica, modern scientists drawn to the frozen continent face an utterly inhospitable landscape, one that inspires, isolates, and punishes.With wit, curiosity, and a deep knowledge of his subject, Strycker recounts the reality of life at the end of the Earth—thousand-year-old penguin mummies, hurricane-force blizzards, and day-to-day existence in below freezing temperatures—and delves deep into a world of science, obsession, and birds.Among Penguins weaves a captivating tale of penguins and their researchers on the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent on Earth. Birders, lovers of the Antarctic, and fans of first-person adventure narratives will be fascinated by Strycker’s book....

Title : Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica
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ISBN : 9780870716294
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica Reviews

  • Wanda
    2019-03-01 13:41

    If you have enjoyed Ron Naveen’s Waiting to Fly or Gavin Francis’ Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence, and Emperor Penguins, you will likely also enjoy this book. In many ways, Among Penguins is like an update of Naveen’s work, documenting just how far research in Antarctica has come in 20 years. I also found the book somewhat reminiscent of Kenn Kaufman’s Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder.Like Kaufman, Strycker is a young man obsessed with birds. Unlike Kaufman, he chooses to find research positions to facilitate his quest for a larger, more exotic life list (a list of all the species of birds that one has seen during one’s life, for those who are not members of the birding cult). Although Strycker isn’t sleeping in ditches or hitch-hiking his way to his next birding destination, he does still endure some hardships during his Antarctic sojourn—his tent is destroyed in hurricane force winds, his boots (when outfitted with crampons) wound his ankles, he is unable to shower for 3 months. Nevertheless, he seems a cheerful and willing researcher, completely under the spell of the penguin.There is a fair bit of interesting penguin info in this slim volume and some insights into the research process, but there is also an awful lot about Noah Stryker! If you are looking for penguin facts and statistics, this may not be the best reference for you. However, if you are interested in the lives of researchers in far flung parts of the planet, it will scratch that itch.Stryker’s tale also convinces me that biological field work is not for me! In my life, roughing it is a cheap motel and my knees long ago betrayed me, making me far too unstable on my feet for the type of terrain that he takes in stride. However, I can admire and enjoy his hard work and tenacity.On the main point, I agree fully with the author: there is absolutely nothing like watching a wild penguin go about its business! I have spent many happy hours doing just that and hope to still clock a few more before I’m physically forced to give up such pursuits.

  • Laura
    2019-02-24 10:48

    Nice view of life for a researcher in Antarctica. Enjoyed learning more of that area's geography and the habits of the penguins. Definitely written from the perspective of a 20-something guy which made it both personal and a bit awkward sometimes. Lighthearted non-fiction with some good information. (probably really 3.5 stars for me)

  • DonKent
    2019-03-04 17:05

    This is a well contrived and written book. It is unlikely that I will be motivated to read another book about Antartica but I am glad I did read this one.

  • Calypso Kenney
    2019-03-11 14:04

    I gave this five stars because it's an amazing book about a young man's journey to Antarctica to study penguins, and it has everything you'd want in a travel memoir- gritty day-to-day details, arctic landscapes, field studies of the wildlife, history of explorers in the region, and some personal philosophy. It made me realize just how tough life is on Antarctica, even for scientists today. And I loved learning about the penguins- I had no idea there were so many different and unique types of penguin. And Noah Strycker seems like a really happy, enthusiastic person who just loves birds.That being said, the book was a little insensitive at parts, and there were a few too many penis jokes. Probably because the author was 22 when it was published. I thought there was a lack of empathy for people not like him- he describes many times how he graduated debt free from college, and went and did amazing things before and after his degree, and how getting a normal job or getting married and having kids, etc, are really boring. But I know VERY few people who would have had the opportunity to do a lot of the things he did- and nobody who graduated from school debt-free, with the ability to wait for awesome field assignments to turn up. I think the author is hard-working and extraordinary- but he seems to forget that not everyone is able to do what he did, no matter how much they might want to. A little sensitivity on this might have been nice.He also doesn't describe one single moment when things aren't great or amazing. He even says that he and his two partners on the remote penguin research station didn't discuss feelings or homesickness or anything personal for three months. That sounds exhausting.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-20 11:39

    Maybe because I'd really like to visit Antartica, I liked this book very much and kept tossing out tidbits to Ann. Noah Stryker, a wunderkind of the American birding world, turned his three month internship into banding Adelie penguins into a fascinating account of life in a remote banding station and an account of how a wunderkind is creating. I enjoyed his exploration of both themes. It was nice to experience only varcariously a lack of baths and changes of underwear for five weeks. I thought he was really professional about not discussing anything personal about either of the two women who shared the experience with him. I'm guessing that if you plan to support yourself as a birder, then you have to be a good writer. E.g. Pete Dunne and Kenn Kaufman. Strycker is off to a good start in follwing their paths, and I look forward to reading more from him.

  • David
    2019-03-12 15:00

    Noah Strycker is a youthful naturalist with the stamina and foolhardiness to think that a season on the ice of Antarctica would be a fun time. His book is effectively a diary of that season as a research assistant, mingled with a brief account of how he came to be the expert birder that he is. His enthusiasm is engaging, and his description of what's involved in getting a wing tag on a penguin is evocative. But perhaps his chapter on digestive distress while away from base could leave more to the imagination.

  • Jen
    2019-03-14 08:57

    I visited Adelie penguins last year so I was excited to hear Noah speak at the local Audubon Society this summer. He speaks like he writes - very engaging, and I breezed through the book feeling like I was right there with him, experiencing everything. Looking forward to more storytelling from this fine adventuresome author.

  • Ashley Gamboa
    2019-03-11 16:51

    I love penguins , from the moment I saw the cover I thought it was interesting. This book is all about a college guy who goes on a research experiment to see how the penguins react, how the stay warm and how they learn from people.

  • Trish
    2019-03-18 14:53

    A recent grad describes life at a remote field station in Antarctica interspersed with lots of information about Adelie penguins. A quick read that would be a ideal gift for a teenaged boy with an interest in science and/or nature.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-15 08:57

    Not the type of book I usually read. I was surprised to find that this book held my interest from start to finish: a glimpse of life in Antartica. I will never experience this first-hand so I enjoyed reading about it from the comfort of my living room.

  • Dave Walker
    2019-03-02 14:05

    A good introduction to the world of scientific research in Antarctica. Enjoyed learning more about penguins and Strycker's other experiences with birds around the world. I am anxiously anticipating his book on the world big year that he just finished.

  • Ken
    2019-02-22 16:04

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is short with short chapters. I was disappointed because I wanted to read more about his adventures. It is very apparent that Noah enjoys birds and having a career where he can study them. His enthusiasm is obvious.

  • Allison Leigh
    2019-03-06 14:45

    I loved reading this book--Noah Strycker writes in such a captivating way about remote places and the daily life in extreme conditions. A quick fun read that made me want to visit the penguins!

  • Nicole
    2019-02-21 17:06

    I'd give this 3.5 stars if that was an option. It was as much a travel book as a science book, but I really enjoyed Strycker's descriptions of the project and life in Antarctica.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-07 11:49

    Great story, well-written. Helps if you love birds and adventures!

  • Jacqueline
    2019-02-16 12:37

    Young Eugene author. Probably destined to become a well known naturalist. Very entertaining and well written book.

  • Alisha Falberg
    2019-02-17 15:59

    Very fun, but not a whole lot to it. Definitely made me want to hang out with penguins though :)