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Connecting Land, Sea and Sky: A Virtual Birding Workshop

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT

Regular: $28  |  Student: $24

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About This Workshop

Estuaries serve as critical nesting, feeding and resting for various species of birds all over the world. They also serve as the perfect backdrop to engage in quality birdwatching activities. In the face of a rapidly changing climate, sea level rise and land loss, it is more important than ever to protect these resources that provide landscapes in which birders from all walks of life can unobtrusively recreate. Tykee James, an organizer of the first #BlackBirdersWeek, will share his virtual birding program designed connect people to land, sea and sky, re-focus community engagement efforts and build power in communities.

 About the Presenters

Tykee James

Tykee James Photo

Tykee James is the government affairs coordinator at the National Audubon Society, Co-Chair and Co-founder of Amplify the Future, and sits on the board of directors of the DC Audubon Society, Wyncote Audubon Society, the Birding Co-op, Justice Outside, and the IDEAL Committee at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.

After moving to DC almost two years ago, he became grounded in his special role: organizing bird walks with members of Congress and congressional staff! He's also helped build the Audubon for All union campaign with his colleagues. Tykee has built residency in this work from his experience in his hometown, Philadelphia. His first job was an environmental educator and community organizer. Tykee would later serve as an environmental policy advisor for a State Representative. He continues to develop himself as a leader through his membership in the Environmental Leadership Program and the Green Leadership Trust.

Tykee has been part of the birding community for almost a decade. He is one of the organizers of the first #BlackBirdersWeek in 2020, an elected councilor for Wilson Ornithological Society, and recently co-founded and launched the Freedom Birders project which seeks to advance racial justice with the birding community.

In his personal time he loves to cook, dance, and he is the audio producer for Wildlife Observer Network, a wildlife media project he started with some wildlife-friendly friends in Philly, co-hosting two podcasts: Brothers in Birding and On Word for Wildlife.

Website: WildlifeObserverNetwork.com, freedombirders.org, AmplifyTheFuture.org
Twitter: @Tykee_James
Instagram: @TykeeJames