Black Birders Reach New Heights During 4th Annual Black Birders Week


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by Maya Richard-Craven, Word in Black

Meet 4 Black birders who are working to make the outdoors more inclusive.

Black Birders Week promotes knowledge of bird watching by Black Americans

From Central Park to the Santa Monica Pier, Black folks are bird watching. 

Black birders sit seaside and marvel at shorebirds as the sun rises. They listen for the calls of warblers, finches, and towhees. Simply by stepping outside, they challenge the notion that bird watching is an activity associated with white people.

“It’s important for Black folks to go birding because it’s an opportunity for us to connect to nature in a more intimate way — to engage, to heal, to build community, to combat the stereotypes and misconceptions that we don’t get outside, and that we don’t enjoy the outdoors,” says Black in National Parks Week founder Nicole Jackson. 

For Black people, bird watching is about more than getting outside. Being Black and forming a relationship with the outdoors is a way to reclaim our relationship with the land. But Black birders haven’t always been treated well.


As Black Birders Week comes to a close, Black birders share more about their passion, experiences, and hopes for their fellow Black naturists. 

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