Birding For Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers

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Award-winning ornithologist and wildlife biologist John C. Robinson has introduced thousands of people all over the world to the joys of bird watching for nearly thirty years. In his latest title, Birding for Everyone, Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers, he encourages the appreciation of nature through birding. John also explores the curious lack of a minority presence in the birding community and offers new solutions for changing the face of conservation through birding.

Though the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment reports that 82 million enthusiasts enjoy bird watching, a closer look at the demographics reveal a disturbing lack of diversity in terms of race. The phrase "I've never met a black birdwatcher before" has echoed throughout Robinson's career since 1979, but his concern surrounds a larger trend -- few minorities are connected to nature.

As the U.S. population continues to diversify, minority involvement in environmental issues will become ever more vital to long-term conservation efforts and the preservation of the earth's natural resources. Rejecting the myth that minority groups have no interest in birds and the outdoors, John addresses multiple reasons for the relative absence of minorities among birders and calls for a renewed focus on support for outreach and recruitment programs in urban areas.

In Birding for Everyone, John C. Robinson also shares his personal life experiences as a natural history tour guide, reveals how he fell in love with birds and the college course that changed everything. He explains how role models, mentors and involved adults can help open new worlds, such as bird watching, to young people, especially those for whom nature may not be instinctively considered.

Readers will develop a basic knowledge of birds (including their distinctive songs), learn to identify birds using John's inside secret tips, discover birding festivals and tours, find online bird watching resources, read interviews with minority birders and about how to connect with mentors and other birders around the world.

Birding for Everyone is a fun and engaging read that encourages birders and the birding industry to unite in supporting global efforts to ensure that our natural resources remain available for generations to come. This book can help readers of all ages learn to appreciate the need for conservation while celebrating bird watching and our natural, diverse world.

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John C. Robinson, author of Birding For Everyone, Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers, has worked as a wildlife biologist and professional ornithologist for nearly 30 years, including stints at two federal conservation agencies -- the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- and has led bird watching tours all over the world.An environmental advocate, John's mission is to encourage all people, especially minorities, to learn about the natural world. Deeply concerned about the lack of participation by minorities in outdoor recreation activities, John works with non-profit organizations to increase minority interest in bird watching in hopes that involvement will give people a reason to protect the environment through nature conservation in the future.
Childhood exposure to classics like Jack London's White Fang and Call of the Wild sparked John's interest in nature at an early age. In 1982 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and was chosen as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the ornithology lab course.
John currently serves as President of On My Mountain, Inc., a birding and natural history tour company, which published his consummate work, the comprehensive North American Bird Reference Book CD-ROM. This multimedia program has received international recognition and sold more than 100,000 copies. John single-handedly wrote all the species accounts and computer program code for the CD-ROM. On My Mountain, Inc. strives to introduce people to nature in order to promote awareness and appreciation of natural resources and the need for natural resource conservation.
Between 2003 and 2007, John led professional birding and natural history tours to exotic and picturesque locations in Tennessee, Southeast Arizona, the upper Texas Coast, Mexico and South Africa. John spends most of his time studying birds and helping others learn more about birds and nature.

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"At the Tupac Amaru Shakur Peace Garden in Atlanta, the activity that consistently creates the most excitement is bird watching. It is an exciting and wonderful way to introduce everyone to an appreciation of the beauty and balance of the natural world. Birding for Everyone is an extremely important and timely book." --Afeni Shakur, Mother of Tupac Shakur and President of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

"People are spending less time outdoors, enjoying nature less and not learning enough natural history lore. John C. Robinson has the cure! His book examines why so few people of color go bird watching and what we can do about it. I recommend this book to all nature enthusiasts -- it is a great tool for recruiting new nature lovers." --Greg Butcher, Director of Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

"While most of us have just talked about the lack of minority participation in birding, John is doing something about it. Birding for Everyone is an extremely important book because it is appearing at a critical time when there is increased focus on enhancing access to the outdoors for all people. I heartily recommend this book to everyone involved with nature study, conservation, outdoor recreation and environmental education." --Kenn Kaufman, renowned ornithologist and author of The Kaufman Field Guide Series

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