Author and “bird man” Noah Strycker will deliver the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Friends of Mizzou Botanic Garden on Friday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., in Monsanto Auditorium, located in the Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus. Columbia Audubon is co-sponsoring the event, along with the Missouri Birding Society, the MU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and several other organizations and individuals.
Columbia Audubon members and friends are invited to attend the program, which is free and open to the public.
“Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year” is the title of Strycker’s presentation. In 2015, Strycker became the first person to observe more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, birding trip to seven continents. With the support of local birders, he was able to locate and list more than 6,000 species.
The Garden’s Oct. 15 program will also feature presentations about the reintroduction of the brown-headed nuthatch in Missouri and “eBird,” the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s online, “citizen science” database of bird observations. In addition, a presenter panel will address audience questions at the end of Noah Strycker’s talk.