Black Birders week began in 2020 to highlight the historic discrimination in nature-based outdoor recreation activities, like birding. Join us in celebrating Black Birders Week from Sunday, May 28 to Saturday, June 3 with a week-long series of activities aimed at uplifting Black birders and topics of cultural inclusivity in the outdoors. Park District Naturalist staff together with the Park District Black Employee Collective share the joys of birding as a lifelong learning journey and invite everyone to get outside, spend time with community, and learn about the birds of the East Bay in our Regional parks.
Sun, May 28: 9-11 AM
Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the
Port Chicago 50. We’ll bird among the bunkers
(technically, magazines) and along the railroad tracks of
this former weapons depot.
Mon, May 29: 9-10:30 AM
Big Break Regional Shoreline – Seek out birds living
in the Delta while discussing past and current challenges
faced by Black birders.
Tue, May 30: 1:30-3:15 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline – Renamed in 1992 to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this shoreline park serves many shorebirds and waterbirds, most noted the endangered ridgeway rail.
Wed, May 31: 6-7:30 PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm – The farm provides valuable habitat for migratory birds. Let’s explore the gardens, forests, and fields looking for these delightful visitors
Thu, June 1: 6-8 PM
Temescal Regional Recreation – Take a leisurely
walk around the lake as we search for birds floating on
the water and hiding in the cattails.
Fri, June 2: 9-11 AM
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – The Dotson
Family Marsh represents success in a long struggle to
maintain an important community open space.
Sat, June 3: 9-11 AM
Del Valle Regional Park – Join us as we discover
their story of resilience and strength to rebuild. From a
distance we’ll view the bald eagles’ nest, and we may
get a glimpse at mom and dad taking care of the eggs.