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The year he graduated from college, twenty-two-year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two other bird scientists and a three-months supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter million penguins.
The Adélie Penguins who call Antarctica home have been the subject 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.
With wit, curiosity, and a deep knowledge of his subject, Strycker weaves a captivating tale of penguins and their researchers on the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent on Earth. He 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 Birders, lovers of the Antarctic, and fans of first-person adventure narratives will be fascinated by Strycker's book.
"At the age of 24, Strycker (associate editor at Birding magazine) has already studied birds on six continents and his evocative writing reveals enough wit, meticulous description, and passion to satisfy any nature writing enthusiast (particularly young ones). Fresh from undergrad, Strycker landed a 3-month winter internship in Antarctica studying penguins with two other bird scientists at the primitive Camp Crozier, where rough conditions prevailed. Strycker writes, 'Birding, for me, was a gradual, insidious, and unforeseen addiction.' His Antarctic Adelie penguin adventure is relayed with panache; the joy of his new addiction comes vibrantly, joyfully to life. The author includes some background (he won the American Birding Association's 'Young Birder of the Year' prize at the age of 18, taking him to Ecuador, for instance). Particularly compelling are his accounts of the logistics of living in a cold, cramped hut, his daily tasks of penguin study, and dealing with Antarctic culture at the base camp. His style sometimes belies his age (vacillating between goofy, dorky, glib, and back), but his passion is timeless. 16 full-color photos. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Noah Strycker is going places, and he is taking us along for the ride. There is something fundamentally sunny about Among Penguins. This book will be a fan favorite for years to come." --Ted Floyd, Editor, Birding magazine"Cape Crozier, against the largest ice shelf on Earth, in the shadow of an extinct volcano, and at the doorstep of the least human-affected stretch of ocean remaining on the planet, is one of Earth's power spots. It's refreshing to get Noah Strycker's impressions of this place through his day-to-day experiences; he definitely had all his senses tested." --David Ainley, author, The Adlie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change
A twenty-two-year-old "rising star"--bird scientist and photographer Noah Strycker--recounts the drama of life--human, bird, and physical--at the remote Antarctic field camp where he studies Adélie penguins.