Black Birders Week
Join us as we celebrate Black Birders Week in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo!
This event is part of a series of events at the Smithsonian to raise awareness of birding and the birding community. Together, families will learn about birds and birding through hands-on and collections-based activities that will encourage families to start their own birding adventures after the program.
What is Black Birders Week?
Black Birders Week began in 2020 to highlight Black nature enthusiasts and to increase the visibility of Black birders. Beyond observing birds in nature, birding provides opportunities to connect with the natural world and recognize our place in it as humans.
This spring the Black AF In STEM Collective is presenting the third annual Black Birders Week, a series of events nationwide from May 29 to June 4 aimed at highlighting Black nature enthusiasts and increasing the visibility of Black birders, who face unique challenges and dangers when engaging in outdoor activities.
At the Smithsonian, we’ve teamed up with Black AF in STEM to celebrate Black Birders Week by offering a series of programs and experiences in Washington, D.C., and online. We support Black AF In STEM’s work to celebrate and highlight birding as a lifelong learning journey that is enjoyed by Black cultures across the diaspora. Participating from the Smithsonian are the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.
BlackAFinSTEM Black Birders Week 2023 - Flying Full Circle
Upcoming Museum Programs
Activities in the DMV
Black AF In Stem's Black Birders Week 2023, May 28-June 3
Colorful Birds Across the Smithsonian
Discover Colorful Birds with a Black Birder (Video)
Backyard Bird Bingo - English (PDF)
Backyard Bird Bingo - Spanish (PDF)
Black Birders Infographic (PDF)
Birding is for Everybody (PDF)
Bird Guides (Courtesy of NMNH)
Migratory Birds of the Americas ID Card (PDF)
Urban Birds of the Eastern U.S. ID Card (PDF)