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Black Birders Week

“I thought it would be pretty cool to be this bird because it can wear a hood and not be threatened or persecuted or profiled for wearing it. It can be perfectly at home where it is being who it is, without, in my mind, worrying about being a bird. It’s fully being itself in its habitat now.”

-Dr. J. Drew Lanham, interviewed in Vanity Fair

Black Birders Week and Beyond

BirdNote salutes Corina Newsome and co-organizers of the first #BlackBirdersWeek for raising awareness of the racism experienced by black birders — and encouraging diversity in birding and conservation. “Diversity is important for the robustness of any community trying to do anything,” she says in an interview with Audubon.

Corina invites everyone to "show the world, especially the next generation of young black birders and nature enthusiasts, that we exist, that they are welcome, and that this space belongs to them, too.”

Take some time to explore the dialogue that emerged during Black Birders Week, and let's work for change.

Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation

If you missed these discussions with young black birdwatchers and special guests Christian Cooper and J. Drew Lanham, we encourage you to listen now:

Session 1

Session 2

Read the Twitter posts with these hashtags:






For the latest #BlackBirdersWeek news, follow @BlackAFinSTEM on Twitter.

Learn more:

Corina Newsome and the Black Birders Movement

Corina Newsome: Biologist | Black Birders Week

It's Time to Build a Truly Inclusive Outdoors

The Joys and Challenges of Exploring Nature While Black

The Importance of Black Birders Week and Its Lasting Impact

Five Key Lessons To Take Home From The First #BlackBirdersWeek

Birding While Black: Jason Ward On Central Park Video, Racism And His Passion For Birds

Black Birding Is About Hope

#BlackBirdersWeek Organizer Shares Her Struggles as a Black Scientist

Black Birders Call Out Racism, Say Nature Should Be for Everyone

Black Birders Week Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors

These Black Nature Lovers Are Busting Stereotypes, One Cool Bird at a Time

Activists Launch Black Birders Week Event On Social Media

Gain more insight from Dr. J. Drew Lanham, BirdNote board member emeritus:

“How Am I Going to Be Perceived as a Black Man with Binoculars?” J. Drew Lanham on Christian Cooper and Rules for the Black Birdwatcher

Nine New Revelations for the Black American Bird-Watcher

A Birding Interview with J. Drew Lanham

Birding While Black

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Behind the Binoculars: Birding with J. Drew Lanham

BirdNote Presents: A Conversation with J. Drew Lanham

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Spark Bird, the First Robin of Spring, with Rasheena Fountain

Lester Franklin: Maryland Coastal Steward

Teen Birders

Hooded Warbler © Greg Lavaty
Dr. J. Drew Lanham © Alexis Lanham