THIS IS WHAT A BIRDER LOOKS LIKE
It started during #BlackBirdersWeek with a post from my friend Buster. In a post on Facebook, he shared a story about “his kids”, the East Clark Elementary School “Bird Nerds”. These amazing kids from Cleveland had been looking forward to participating in The Biggest Week in American Birding, which was cancelled. Following the cancellation, we had launched our #BirdOn T-Shirt fundraiser to help out our good friends at Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the host of the festival.
After reading about the disappointment these kids were experiencing, we decided to launch a small fundraiser to get them their own custom #BirdOn BSBO shirts. It was a huge success, raising almost 900% of our goal! Buster was thrilled and the kids were excited! I decided to drive up north and spend a day meeting the kids and going birding with them. We had a marvelous time!
Following my adventure with the Bird Nerds, I sent a photo of one of the kids, Isaiah, to Buster. He loved it and posted it on his Instagram (@birdnerdbuster) with the caption, “This is what a birder looks like.” This inspired me to start a series of images that show the diversity that exists in birding.
Perhaps someone will see a bit of themselves in one of these photos and decide to join the community. To become a birder, a conservationist, an inspiration to others.
This series started with a focus on Black birders, but quickly shifted to include members of the LGBTQIA+, Latino birders, “old tatted up hippies”, Metal birders, and everything in between. You can read their stories and follow along with new additions to the series on the Rogue Birders Facebook page.
THIS IS WHAT A BIRDER LOOKS LIKE!