Bird-Watching While Black: A Wildlife Ecologist Shares His Tips

J. Drew Lanham believes that “conserving birds and their habitat [is] a moral mission that needs the broadest and most diverse audience possible to be successful." He's a professor of wildlife ecology in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University in South Carolina, as well as a published poet, naturalist, hunter, and birder. He's aware that this last specialty—birder—isn't something people expect a black man to be, and after seeing what was going on in the news, he wrote "9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher," a satirical essay adapted to film by BirdNote.

Produced by Ari Daniel
Videography by Amanda Kowalski

Learn more about J. Drew Lanham's work through these links:
"An Ode 2 Birding While Black" by Drew Lanham
"Behind the Binoculars With Drew Lanham"
"Becoming a Naturalist"
New Heads for New People, "Episode 6: Finding the Sweet Spot"
"The Freedom to Bird"

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