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DATE May 29, 2021

TIME 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

PRICE Free with advance registration

AGES All ages

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Black Birders Week Meet-Up

Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo and Denver Audubon Society are kicking off Black Birder Week with a birding event at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. The event is designed to provide a safe space for both expert birders and first-timers wanting to try a new hobby to explore the biodiversity of Chatfield Farms. Explore independently or join a guided walk with bird experts from Denver Zoo or Denver Audubon Society. Denver Zoo will also be on-hand to provide participants with an up-close look at some of its feathered Animal Ambassadors. Families with children are encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a camera and other birding gear. A limited quantity of binoculars will be available for temporary use. All participants will receive a complimentary admission pass to Denver Zoo.

Schedule

  • 7-8:30 AM: Early access for quiet self-guided exploration
  • 8:30-10 AM: Up-close looks with Denver Zoo Animal Ambassadors
  • 8:30 AM-1 PM: Self-guided exploration
  • 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM and noon: Guided walks with bird experts

About Black Birders Week:

Black Birders Week celebrates diversity and inclusion and aims to boost recognition and representation of Black people enjoying and studying the natural world. The awareness week began in 2020 in response to an incident in New York City’s Central Park in which Christian Cooper—a Black man and avid birdwatcher—encountered a white woman who was walking her dog while he was birding. When he asked her to leash her dog, she called the police, telling them that an African American man was threatening her. A video of the encounter went viral, causing discussion about racism and the dangers Black people face when they are enjoying, or working in outdoor spaces.

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