Though many people were first introduced to Christian Cooper via his now-viral video of a woman calling the police on him while he was birdwatching in Central Park, he has been a fixture of the birding community for years. Not only did that racist confrontation on May 25, 2020 make news, but it has also prompted more people to try in birding (especially since it’s usually a pandemic-friendly activity). Today, Cooper will host a livestreamed session on #BirdingWhileBlack, as well as a virtual tour of Central Park and a session on birdwatching. Here’s how to attend.
If you’re interested in birding, or want to learn more about Cooper’s work, today’s your chance. The PBS science series NOVA is hosting a virtual field trip and presentation called “Central Park Birder Christian Cooper on Birding and Inclusion,” today, Tuesday, June 30 at 2p.m. EST. The event will feature a discussion and Q&A with Cooper, who isn’t just an avid birder, but also a board member of the New York City Audubon. In addition, he’s a former editor and writer for Marvel Comics, and is currently a biomedical editor with Health Science Communications. (So basically some type of superhero whose power is fighting racism through science and birding.)
In the livestreamed session, Cooper will talk provide general tips for birdwatching, as well as his experiences of birding while Black, and the viral video. He’ll also discuss his advocacy work toward making birding more inclusive for people of color (particularly the racial profiling many Black birders experience in outdoor spaces) and the LGBTQ+ community.
How to watch
The event today is free to attend, and will be livestreamed on Nova’s YouTube page and Facebook page at 2p.m. EST. If you’re not able to watch live, you can catch the videos after the event takes place on the same pages mentioned above.