Date: 6/18/18 6:26 pm
From: Delia Guzman <dguzman1964...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Re: Not often on birder's radars: white privilege
I honed my own Barred Owl call by listening to Drew's, Medea! He's long
been a facebook friend, and I'm hoping to bird with him someday soon. He
was on Hog Island this past weekend, but I was home with my infant son.

As a Latinx woman, I am often the only person of color in birding groups
and at festivals, so I know a small bit about what Drew's talking
about--but only a small bit, as I'm a fairly light-skinned woman. It's
thought-provoking stuff. Has anyone heard about the group Outdoor Afro?
Check them out on Facebook--they're doing good work.

Delia in Brunswick

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 6:20 PM, wrenyen <medea.steinman...> wrote:

> Craig,
> Thanks for posting this. Maybe we're on the same science/education lists
> because that video came to my attention last week--can't remember how I
> happened onto it.
> The same wildlife ecologist (J. Drew Lanham) also had an article about
> trying to do a BBS as a black man. https://lithub.com/birding-
> while-black/. Pretty disturbing stuff--hard to focus on the birds and
> the enjoyment while worrying about possible violence. He clearly tries to
> keep his sense of humor but he shouldn't have to be thinking about
> this. Thought provoking and good awareness building for us white-folk
> birders.
> Sounds like it would be fun to go birding with him--good barred owl call
> in that video. Wish I could do that.
> Thanks again,
> Medea
>
> On Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:58:31 PM UTC-4, Craig Kesselheim wrote:
>>
>> Birding friends - I am sharing this in the spirit of an informational and
>> non-political perspective on our shared passion; I hope that's OK within
>> the listserv community. I don't need replies unless you wish to, and I'm
>> happy to receive those off-list. From where I sit it seems like the
>> community of birders in the world is not yet representative of who lives in
>> our towns and our region.
>>
>> This is a 2-minute video called "Birding While Black
>> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaPWAE34GJU>." It showed me yet another
>> way that I don't have to be reminded of my race: when I step out of the
>> house wearing a hoodie and carrying binoculars. For me it was important
>> food for thought and action.
>>
>> Best,
>> Craig K
>>
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