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🐦 Black Birders Week 2024: Wings of Justice: Soaring for Change!

It's that time of year again – Black Birders Week is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate! This annual event shines a spotlight on Black birders, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts, highlighting their contributions to the natural world while advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What is Black Birders Week? 

Black Birders Week is an opportunity to celebrate and uplift Black voices in the birding community. It's a chance to recognize the important role that Black birders play in conservation efforts, environmental justice, and community care. This year's theme, "Wings of Justice: Soaring for Change," underscores our commitment to bird conservation, environmental justice, and community empowerment.

Join In for Exciting Events! 

From virtual panels and workshops to in-person birding excursions, there's something for everyone during Black Birders Week. We encourage you to check out the schedule of events nationwide and see how you can participate. And if you know any Black birders or outdoor enthusiasts, be sure to share these events with them – everyone is welcome to join in the celebration!

Creating a Safe Space 

We want to emphasize that Black Birders Week is intended to be a safe space for Black birders and outdoor enthusiasts. While all are welcome to participate, it's important to center the experiences of Black individuals in nature. For many, this may be their first birding experience, and we want to ensure that they feel welcomed and supported.

The Importance of Black Birders Week 

Black Birders Week holds particular significance in light of recent events that have brought issues of race and representation in the outdoor community to the forefront. In 2020, a disturbing incident occurred when a Black birder, Christian Cooper, was birdwatching in New York's Central Park and asked a white woman to leash her dog, as per park regulations. Instead of complying, she called the police and falsely accused him of threatening her. This incident sparked outrage and highlighted the barriers that Black individuals often face while engaging in outdoor activities.

Black Birders Week serves as a response to such incidents, affirming the presence and importance of Black individuals in the birding and outdoor communities. It is a celebration of resilience, community, and the power of representation.

Get Involved! 

Whether you're a seasoned birder or just starting out, Black Birders Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn, connect, and engage with the birding community. We encourage you to join virtual events, attend in-person outings, and explore the intersection of birding, Black communities, Black culture, and environmental justice.

Stay Connected 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram & connect with Black Birders Week on social media using the hashtag #BlackBirdersWeek and share your experiences and insights. Let's come together to celebrate the diversity of the birding community and work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

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We can't wait to soar for change with you during Black Birders Week 2024!

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