Kimberly Hickok

We’re currently in the middle of the inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek, an online event created with the goal of promoting and encouraging the inclusion of Black people in science and nature communities traditionally dominated by White people.

The event was created in reaction to the news of Christian Cooper, who was birding in Central Park when a White woman called the police on him after he politely asked her to leash her dog. She became frantic and irate as she told the police “an African American man is threatening my life,” as seen in a video of the encounter shared on Twitter. The incident inspired Black birders across the country to stand in solidarity with Cooper and share their stories and concerns about #BirdingWhileBlack on social media. 

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