We talk with#BlackBirdersWeek co-founder Chelsea Connor about how black birders are changing the narrative around who gets to enjoy nature and the challenges black birders face. On this show, the urban evolution of pigeons, the magic of kettle bogs, and what to do if you've been bitten by a tick. This is the message Christian Cooper received as he was birding in New York City’s Central Park last week… ET. ", "I think birders, as a whole, are very inviting," said Belleny. Many Biggest Week fans are wondering about the status of the 2021 festival. Swimming is an activity that is, depending on who you are, where you are, when you are alive in history,  more or less a part of human experience -- and in the United States, it is deeply connected to slavery, segregation, and violence. NPR should apologize for the headline and replace it. ", "Next year, #BlackBirdersWeek is going to be even more poppin'. Happy #BlackBirdersWeek! A group called BlackAFinSTEM declared last week to be the first-ever ‘Black Birders Week,’ a celebration using digital platforms to create virtual events that showcase African Americans working in the natural sciences, and who are lovers of the outdoors. Chelsea Connor … ", Listen to the full broadcast of Outside/In, Deja Perkins (Twitter @naturallywild__) illustrated for #BlackBirdersWeek, Simone Manuel wins gold at the Olympics in Rio, Design by Chelsea Connor and Sheridan Alford, the country’s history of discriminatory housing policies like redlining, “Another legacy of redlining: Unequal exposure to heat waves.”, Outside/In: Boston's Pigeons Are Part Of A Pigeon Megacity, What Climate Change and Covid-19 Have in Common. Enjeti again: After a white woman called police on a black man birding in New York City, a group of black scientists got together to create Black Birder Week. By now, everyone is familiar with the May 26th incident in Central Park between Christian Cooper & Amy Cooper that went viral. In short, NPR gave readers a variety of viewpoints, giving the readers the choice of which set of facts they want to accept as true. A new social media campaign called #BlackBirdersWeek is highlighting black scientists, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts enjoying nature and being outside. After the Christian Cooper incident, Ward helped organize an online series of events called Black Birders Week. Because of the design of urban spaces combined with the country’s history of discriminatory housing policies like redlining, Black Americans and other marginalized communities are affected in disproportionate numbers. It’s Friday, June 5, and #BlackBirdersWeek has been a soaring success. What spurred the creation of Black Birders Week? Here & Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food, and more. Also: Gov. In his video, which has gone viral, she tells 911 operators that an "African … "Marginalized, low-income communities of color bear the brunt of extreme weather events.". Five days of virtual events and activities were organized by a group of Black … Black Birders Week Sam Evans-Brown + Taylor Quimby. She also participated in a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by the National Audubon Society and included Cooper and fellow Georgia Southern student Alex Troutman. While #BlackBirdersWeek highlights those experiences, the organizers also aimed to elevate the joy and passion of black naturalists. [1] The event was created as a response to the Central Park birdwatching incident and police brutality against Black Americans.The inaugural event ran from May 31 to June 5, … In Charlotte, Cathay Dawkins, cofounder of Black Businesses of Charlotte, says Black Restaurant Week actually held for two weeks last month, helped to … Celebrate #blackbirdersweek from May 31st-June 5th by following along with the events and social media hashtags below! "Like so many aspects of the climate crisis, heat doesn't affect all people equally," said Rachel Ramirez, an environmental justice reporter at Grist and author of “Another legacy of redlining: Unequal exposure to heat waves.”. Jess Michetti. The co-founders included Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Sheridan Alford, Danielle Belleny, Joseph Saunders, Tykee James and Connor, and the group has a Black Birders Week … It’s already led to action and response. This was why the awful racial events of the last week in the USA (one involving a black birder, another a racial murder) came as such a dreadful and painful hammer-blow to my hopes of an increasingly globalised and colour-blind world. However, Black Birders Week is not about building fear around what it’s like to bird while black. They are passionate for the 9 weeks and I want them to be birders for life. The virtual event came about in response to the racist incident in Central Park last week when a white woman called the police after a Black birder asked her to put her dog on a leash. How racist housing policies affect health + unequal exposure to climate-driven heat wavesTaylor Quimby. Learn more about the inaugural event, including the list of activities, in Bird Watching Daily. This week, black birders around the world are rallying around Christian Cooper, a black man and avid birder, who was harassed by a white woman while birding in Central Park. Just four days after the encounter between a white dog walker and African American birdwatcher Christian Cooper, a group of approximately 30 Black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers have created a new awareness campaign to encourage birding among more people of color.. Celebrate Black Birders Week. It’s called Black Birders Week. Photo: Red-winged Blackbirds, Amy Watts/Audubon Photography Awards. The Twitter campaign, "Black Birders Week," runs from May 31 until June 5, with a different theme each day. The week featured a variety of de-centralized events, which gave folks the opportunity to virtually participate from anywhere. Birdwatching is open to all. NurPhoto via Getty Images. Presented by NOVA, this virtual field trip will feature a discussion and Q&A with Christian Cooper, avid birder and a board member of the New York City Audubon, who experienced a racist confrontation while bird watching in Central Park in late May that quickly went viral. In an article for Citylab, Brentin Mock wrote that "peaceful green spaces just as easily induce anxiety and trauma for black and brown people, especially when they know the cops can be unleashed at any moment.". A young Robin redbreast (Turdus migratorius) observed in Spring 2020. Jason Ward is a naturalist and birder who lives in Atlanta. The first is “to counter the narrative that the outdoors are not the place Black people should be,” she says. Black Birders Week is a week-long series of online events to highlight Black nature enthusiasts and to increase the visibility of Black birders, who face unique challenges and dangers when engaging in outdoor activities. The incident demonstrates how the experience of public outdoor spaces isn't the same for everyone. With so much uncertainty about the safety of travel and large gatherings, we have not committed to a decision just yet. PBS Nature: "Corina Newsome: Biologist | Black Birders Week " 6/22 /2020. Black Birders Week takes flight. Environment Black Birders Week: Changing the face of bird-watching. BTS and NPR announced on Sunday that the K-pop titans will be performing on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series on Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. NJ: Black Birders Week to me was created to show people that Black people in nature exist, that we love bird watching and STEM. A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to leash her dog. Image courtesy of birdwatchingdaily.com. "However, once you get inside the group, you do start to understand, oh yeah, this is the same racism I experienced when I was at school, or some other activity. A message from Black Swamp Bird Observatory in regard to the 2021 Biggest Week In American Birding and Coronavirus / COVID-19. Staving Off Confrontation While Watching Birds Host Arun Rath talks with African-American wildlife biologist J. Drew Lanham published “9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher”.Last week, partly in … But organizations like Black Kids Swim aim to change by supporting black swimmers and showcasing black joy. Manson says it pervades all kinds of everyday public interactions. She allegedly went a step further in the second call, saying he "tried to assault her." This week, black birders around the world are rallying around Christian Cooper, a black man and avid birder, who was harassed by a white woman while birding in Central Park. The 2020 series was also highlighted by severa… From BirdWatchingDaily.com: Just four days after the encounter between a white dog walker and African American birdwatcher Christian Cooper, a group of approximately 30 Black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers have created a new awareness campaign to encourage birding among more people of color.. 90.1 FM WABEWhere ATL meets NPR Where ATL meets NPR The series was endorsed and promoted by advocacy groups, conservation organizations, and government agencies including: the National Audubon Society, the American Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, the North American Association for Environmental Education, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the US National Park Service, the California Coastal Commission, Outdoor Afro, Orion magazine, and the Ecological Society of America. It led into Black Birder’s Week.” The week has included black birders posting photos of themselves in nature, a Twitter chat called “Ask a black birder,” a day to highlight female birders, and a live discussion called “Birding While Black” on Facebook, hosted by the National Audubon Society. Celebrate Black Birders Week. Black Birders Week and the new Twitter group have three main goals, says Newsome. Black Birders’ week was created to, “start a dialogue,” Grousis-Henderson explains. BlackAFinSTEM and the inaugural Black Birders Week is only going to continue reaching more people. This episode was produced by Brit Hanson and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn. "Our zip codes are a strong predictor of our health, because it shows what we're exposed to," said Ramirez. Cuomo gives outdoor restaurants the green light. A white woman threatened a black man who was bird watching in the park when he tried to get the woman to leash her dog. MORE ‎The incident last month when a white woman called the police on a black man who was birding sparked some black scientists and birders to dedicate a week to talking about race and representation while enjoying nature. She is a co-founder and the CEO of the Sadie Collective, as well as a co-founder and co-organizer of Black Birders Week Urban heat islands, she explained, are also created by humans through design choices. It started with the help of two Philadelphia women. If you’re Black in America, something as innocent as bird-watching can cause suspicion. I often say that birders always come across as a very amiable bunch, regardless of race. Here and Now. Massive solar flares, mental health in the time of coronavirus and all the time, and taking a deep breath about "murder hornets. On May 25, 2020, the same day that police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Christian … And it's really frightening when those situations happen. The racism is still the same.". Corina Newsome is an American ornithologist, birder, science communicator, and graduate student at Georgia Southern University.In response to the racism faced by Black birder Christian Cooper in Central Park, Newsome co-organized Black Birders Week to celebrate Black birders. In 2013, ecologist and writer J. #BlackBirdersWeek took place across social media platforms last week as an initiative by a group of Black scientists to celebrate Black birders, and affirm the rights of Black naturalists to be in nature without having to face racism. "We wanted to provide reassurance through community by reaching out and letting other people know who are maybe isolated in their interest... you have friends. Georgia Southern University Newsroom: "Corina Newsome, co-organizer of Black Birders Week, helps change national narrative about inclusion in science, outdoor spaces " 6/25 /2020. #BlackBirdersWeek - #BirdWhileBlack Livestream Discussion. But the incident has sparked a new social media event called Black Birders Week. Tolga Aktas is a UK-based conservation biologist who participated in Black Birders Week. Newsome quickly became one of the recognizable faces of Black Birders Week and was featured in The New Yorker, Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR, among other media outlets. May 30, 2020. A white woman threatened a black man who was bird watching in the park when he tried to get the woman to leash her dog. hide caption. Black Birders Week [Stuck in Vermont 614] Last week was the first-ever Black Birders Week. Outside/In is a show about the natural world and how we use it – but access to nature is not equal. She also participated in a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by the National Audubon Society and included Cooper and fellow Georgia Southern student Alex Troutman. Heidi Ware Carlisle is the Education Director at the Intermountain Observatory at Boise State University. This week, black birders around the world are rallying around Christian Cooper, a black man and avid birder, who was harassed by a white woman while birding in Central Park. We definitely have a community," said Belleny. I am a Californian third grade teacher and we do a 9 week thematic birding unit. The campaign was featured by really big media outlets like CNN, National Geographic, Scientific American, and NPR — among others. Persons with disabilities who need assistance accessing NHPR's FCC public files, please contact us at publicfile@nhpr. "I've been followed around by people that are on trails because they think I look suspicious with my binoculars... or I've also had the cops on me while I've been working. A group of approximately 30 black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers are raising awareness of the black birding community and are encouraging new members. Severe heat is the deadliest form of extreme weather in the United States. Outside/In: How Should a Society Prepare for a Disaster That Seems Unlikely ... Until It Doesn't? Nine New Revelations for the Black American Bird-Watcher. This event is hosted by @BlackAFinSTEM. Black Birders Week and Beyond. Black Birders WeekSam Evans-Brown + Taylor Quimby. We are here. Jason Ward is an Atlanta-based birder and host of the web series “Birds of North America,” in which he shares his love for birds by traveling around the continent.He joined Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” to talk about being a birder of color as well as what Atlantans can expect for the fall/winter birding seasons. The birds all end up gathering in the same area as the sun goes down, a process called "roosting," picking an isolated patch of trees where they'll spend the night. “Birds transcend what they are to being who they are. The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take place from Sunday, May 31, through Friday, … Chelsea Connor, one of the co-founders of Black Birders Week, is currently a student at Midwestern State University. The inaugural Black Birders Week will inspire a new generation of birders and nature-lovers. estern Washington Birders is apparently not the only Facebook group suppressing discussions of race. Black Birders Call Out Racism, Say Nature Should Be for Everyone. The event was created as a response to the Central Park birdwatching incident and police brutality against Black Americans. Subscribe to the RSS feed. In the social and political tumult of the last week, it may have been easy to overlook a social media campaign celebrating black naturalists, and black birders in particular. An Avid Birder Talks About His Conflict In Central Park That Went Viral NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Christian Cooper, an avid birder who asked … That’s a dangerous gambit for a news organization, who should rather be trying to find the truth in the muck. The inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek kicked off on Sunday. At the same time, recent events have imbued the inaugural Black Birders Week with even more meaning. Black Birders Week was a week-long series of online events, running from May 31st, 2020 to June 5th, 2020. It was born out of a group chat between Jason Ward [host of the YouTube series Birds of North America], Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman [co-organizer of Black Birders], myself, and many other people. The New Yorker: "Corina Newsome and the Black Birders Movement " 6/18/2020 Some virtual events included panels, posting challenges, and hashtags. As protests against police violence have swelled to huge numbers this week, temperatures have also climbed into one of the first serious heat spells of the year, with Washington, D.C. hitting the mid 90s. The woman was captured on cellphone video calling police on a Black bird-watcher in Central Park this summer. Newsome quickly became one of the recognizable faces of Black Birders Week and was featured in The New Yorker, Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR, among other media outlets. This week is about highlighting the magic and thrill of taking a walk in the woods in search of a bird that’s migrating back north from its winter away. The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, … The center is located in one of the most diverse ZIP codes in the country and works to serve that community and make conservation more welcoming to Black people and other people of color. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman (born 1995/1996) is a Ghanaian-born American activist and writer. 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