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Moving forward: increasing racial diversity in birding

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features two articles about expanding the appeal of birding to a non-white audience. David Lindo addresses the importance of making nature accessible to a wide swath of the public in “Opening the Door”.

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And Rue Mapp continues the conversation by stressing the importance of focusing on positive steps forward (rather than dwelling on the past) in her timely essay, “Beyond Diversity Shaming: Lasting Change Is More Than Skin Deep“.


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What do you think? Do you agree that “diversity shaming” can be counterproductive by demoralizing ourselves and leading us away from the discussion of “how” to move forward? I’m especially interested in hearing members’ thoughts on what future steps can be taken to move us further down the path toward a more racially diverse birding community–one that looks more like the ABA Area as a whole. Please, share your thoughts!

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
  • Vanessa McClune

    Hello Michael,

    I am the Director of Drinking Ginger – a UK based Community Interest Company that works to promote National Parks and Green Spaces to Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, primarily because this section of society is officially recognised as under-represented visitors to the countryside, but our Drinking Ginger Folk are from all ethnic backgrounds. Currently working on having a website in the future, but you can catch us on Facebook (Drinking Ginger) for now to see what we do.

    Kind regards,

    Vanessa McClune

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