Black Birders Week: Black Excellence in Birding - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

Black Birders Week: Black Excellence in Birding

Saturday, May 28th

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Join the Academy of Natural Sciences for our first-ever Black Birders Week event: Black Excellence in Birding. Meet some of Philadelphia’s most well-known Black birders, including Tykee James, Corina Newsome and Jason Hall, along with fellow Black birder from the Academy of Natural Science, Live Animal Keeper, Anwar Abdul-Qawi, they will share their experiences of birding while Black.

$50 per person; $40 Academy members and African American Museum Members  
Meet, Greet and Learn 5 p.m.  

Stroll the red carpet (no binoculars necessary) to Dinosaur Hall, where you’ll find delicious refreshments, cocktails and everything you need to know about which Black birders you should be following on social media. Then journey to North American Hall to observe their work and meet and chat with these well-known nature explorers. Take a look at photos of fellow Black birders doing their awesome work. Submit your own Black birding photo here by May 20 for a chance to see it featured during the event.

Bird Walks 6:30 and 7 p.m. (Walk length: 30 minutes) 

Indoor bird walks? Tell me more! Talk birds as you take a 30-minute walk through the Academy with Corina Newsome and Tykee James. They will have all the details on the birds you can spot in the Academy’s dioramas.

Ornithology Collection Tours 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. (Tour Length: 20 minutes) 

Go behind the scenes for incredible, one-of-a-kind views of the Academy’s world-renowned Ornithology Collection. Meet Academy scientists and learn how the specimens in the Academy’s collection contribute to scientific research and discovery.

Birding With Women In Natural Sciences 5–8 p.m.

Meet the incredible participants of the Academy’s Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) program. Learn about their experiences birding in the field. Check out and touch awesome specimens from our teaching collection!

Panel Discussion: Birding While Black in Philly 8 p.m.  

Hear real-life experiences of birding while Black in the Philadelphia region during this important panel discussion. Discover the stories of local Black birders and ask questions