Black Birders Week 2023
The kickoff to summer in the Northern Hemisphere also brings the fourth annual #BlackBirdersWeek from Sunday, May 28 to Saturday, June 3, organized by The BlackAFInSTEM Collective – a collective that “seeks to support, uplift, and amplify Black Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics professionals in natural resources and the environment through professional development, career connection, and community engagement.” According to the organizers, this year they will “reflect on our past, honor our present, and spread our wings to look toward to the future.”
The National Audubon Society is proud to support #BlackBirdersWeek2023. Audubon encourages its network and birders everywhere to support the trailblazing work of the @BlackAFInSTEM Collective, uplift Black professionals and voices shared via the hashtags #BlackBirdersWeek and #BlackBirdersWeek2023, and learn more about the Black experience in STEM, the outdoors, and the birding community.
Follow along, share, and engage with content the daily themes outlined in the official flyer. To support the organizers and the movement, follow the handles and websites below:
Black-led organizations to consider supporting during the week and beyond:
We recognize that we have a responsibility to address systemic racism within our own organization – including the racist history of our namesake – and the broader environmental movement. Black individuals and the Black community must be respected, honored and valued within our own house and in the birding community. This requires a culture shift within the Audubon community well beyond this week. We are committed to building a workplace environment that is respectful and kind and where Black, Indigenous, people of color, women and everyone across the gender spectrum are respected.