Date - July 09, 2020
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Virtual Meeting: “A Black Birder Talks Birding & Environmental Advocacy”Speaker: Tykee James
First, Tykee will talk about his own experiences as a young, Black birder in Philly. Second, he will reflect on key takeaways and other aspects of the recent, international #BlackBirdersWeek events. Third, he will comment on birders’ potential power and effectiveness as “the best hope for environmental advocacy.” Finally, he will take questions & comments, and will encourage discussion of issues he has raised. A link to join the virtual meeting will be emailed to all members a couple of days prior to the event.
Tykee James grew up in Philadelphia and became involved in outdoor activities at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, where he became a birder while in high school. He has held positions at the Clean Air Council of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. He has served as Executive Legislative Assistant and Environmental Advisor to Pennsylvania State Representative Donna Bullock (D-Phil). In 2017 he held a summer fellowship as part of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) of the Delaware River, and in 2018 he became Fellowship Coordinator for AWE, a program of Audubon Pennsylvania. Then, in November, 2018 he moved to onto the national stage when he became Government Affairs Coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Washington, DC. He continues his involvement with birding, mostly by leading bird walks to educate others about the joys of engaging with birds and nature. Participants on his walks sometimes include members of Congress and congressional staff, among others. He also sits on the Board of Wyncote Audubon and is a podcast host & producer with Wildlife Observation Network.
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