• Birding While Black

    1 month ago - By Ornithology

    I wrote this article before the recent events of unrest and it seems even more appropriate now.
    The New York Times had an article on May 26, 2020 about a woman who called the police to report a “African American” birdwatcher who had told her to leash her dog. She was quickly fired from her job. What was she thinking?
    According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic, 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were
    “other.”
    I've been to many professional meetings of ecologists and...
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