Freedom Birders is a movement that seeks to change the culture of bird watching in the United States by developing a racial justice curriculum and bird education.
Freedom Birders is a movement that seeks to change the culture of bird watching in the United States by developing a racial justice curriculum and bird education. project resourced by the lessons and inspiration of the Civil Rights Movement, the Freedom Riders, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the 1619 Project, and Black Birders Week 2020.
Founded by Tykee James and Jeffrey Train in January 2020, together they have created a self-guided virtual activity referred to as the “The Freedom Birdhouse” that explores the roots of their shared inspiration and highlights the connection of the movement of people, observation of birds, and the recognition of land.
The “The Freedom Birdhouse” has been shared with a handful of virtual audiences with accompanying facilitation from Tykee and Jeff. By facilitating grounding conversations from the curated educational resources in the Doors Project, these Freedom Birders promote culturally responsive lessons that encourage youth and adults to be beginner minded, practice inclusion, recognize the history of land they share with birds, and act deliberately on their values.