J. Drew Lanham believes that “conserving birds and their habitat [is] a moral mission that needs the broadest and most diverse audience possible to be successful." He's a professor of wildlife ecology in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University in South Carolina, as well as a published poet, naturalist, hunter, and birder. He's aware that this last specialty—birder—isn't something people expect a black man to be, and after seeing what was going on in the news, he wrote "9 Rules for the BlackBirdwatcher," a satirical essay adapted to film by BirdNote.
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Learn more about J. Drew Lanham's work through these links:
"9 Rules for the BlackBirdwatcher" - http://kplu.org/post/diversity-nature-ecology-professor-drew-lanham-rules-black-birder
"An Ode 2 Birding While Black" by Drew Lanham - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8sXiJJdE8vi
"Behind the Binoculars With Drew Lanham" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eomGJ5BkYo
"Becoming a Naturalist" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIV67nthHfUv
New Heads for New People, "Episode 6: Finding the Sweet Spot" - http://www.newheadsfornewpeople.com/episodes/2016/4/13/6-finding-the-sweet-spot
"The Freedom to Bird" - http://www.audubon.org/news/the-freedom-bird
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