2018 Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Ackerman, 2018 Keynote Speaker: a bird lover since childhood, Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for three decades.  Her most recent book, The Genius of Birds, explores the intelligence of birds.  A national bestseller, the book has been published in 15 languages and has been a finalist for several awards.  Jennifer’s previous books include Notes from the Shore, a book about the shorebirds and other natural life of the mid-Atlantic coast; Chance in the House of Fate:  A Natural History of Heredity; and Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream:  A Day in the Life of Your Body.  Jennifer’s articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, and many other publications and have been included in anthologies such as Best American Science Writing, The Nature Reader, Best Nature Writing, Flights of Imagination: Extraordinary Writings About Birds, andThe Penguin Book of the Ocean. Jennifer is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including an NEA Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

CALIFORNIA-DECEMBER 1, 2005: A six year old male chimpanzee conducts an interview with National Geographic magazine science writer Jennifer Ackerman.

Noah Strycker, 2018 Keynote Speaker, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of two well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media; he blogs regularly for the American Birding Association. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his book about the experience, Birding Without Borders, was released in 2017. Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. His first book, Among Penguins, chronicles a field season working with Adélie Penguins in Antarctica (Oregon State University Press, 2011) and his second, The Thing with Feathers, celebrates the fascinating behaviors of birds and human parallels (Riverhead Books, 2014). Strycker is also a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com