Season 4 of Bring Birds Back is here and it’s all about the relationship between humans and birds – for better, for worse and the in-between! With conservationists like Bill McKibben and Corina Newsome, you’ll discover the effects of zero sum mentalities on climate change and how Millennials to Gen X can take charge. And not to leave out Gen-Z, bird-influencer Isaiah Scott shares his birding story and his influential connection to the Gullah Geechee people.
Lean into the complexities of wind farms and the saving grace of Artificial Intelligence on bird populations; and later get into the impact of nature on incarcerated conservationists in Washington state, thanks to the Sustainability in Prison Project. Come learn all about the power of the great outdoors on Black and Brown birders with Dudley Edmondson; and dive into Tenijah’s childhood wonder to find out what it’s like under the “lights, camera and action” for birds in Hollywood with Tony Suffredini! Plus, so much more.
Join us for this 8-part series of Bring Birds Back starting May 17th.
Tenijah Hamilton: The relationship between humans and birds can be complicated.
There are mutual benefits, like when people rehabilitate rare birds and train others to limit waterway pollution.
Tony Suffredini: When the seagull sees the falcon flying around, they leave town 'cause they're in big trouble and they know it.
Tenijah Hamilton: And other times where we might seem at odds. Like, when building more wind farms to combat climate change, we also put more birds at risk. But we might not have to…
Susan Downy: It's a balance between: we've gotta make energy, and protecting the most critical birds.
Tenijah Hamilton: I’m Tenijah Hamilton and this is season 4 of Bring Birds Back, from BirdNote. Our show is all about the challenges birds are facing and practical things we can do to help.
And starting May 17th, we take the conversation a little bit further. We dive into the mutual impact humans and birds have on each other, and discover ways nature and humanity can thrive — together.
We look into the connections between environmental justice, race and climate change:
Corina Newsome: when the environmental concerns of marginalized communities are addressed, birds come back too
Dudley Edmonson: Public land, whether it's a national park or a refuge, all of those places belong to me as they do to everyone else. There is no sign that says, ‘Black and Brown people are not allowed’.
Tenijah Hamilton: With conversations spanning 4 generations:
Isaiah Scott: With Ikes Birding Hikes and the whole Gen Z movement on social media, it's just a beautiful movement that really shows how a lot of young people are just starting to care.
Tenijah Hamilton: We bear witness to the transformative impact working with nature can have for folks behind bars.
Anne: It's like, I'm out of prison. I'm out of the drama and everything. Being able to just be a part of our agriculture and ecosystem.
Tenijah Hamilton: And we sit down with Bill McKibben, a pioneer of climate change activism:
Bill McKibben: We think that about 70% of wild animal populations have disappeared since 1970. I was alive in 1970.
Tenijah Hamilton: We have all of that– and so much more– coming in season 4 of Bring Birds Back! Tune in for new episodes every Wednesday starting May 17th. And be sure to follow us on Instagram @BringBirdsBack for weekly updates and reminders!
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