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Black Birders’ Week

Members of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex NAACP branches, the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist Chapter, and the Middle Peninsula Bird Club participated in the third annual Black Birders’ Week event on Saturday at Gloucester’s Beaverdam Park. Nationwide, the event covers a week of activities and has been organized for five years since May 2020. The birdwatching activities highlight Black nature enthusiasts, and increases the visibility of Black birders who face unique challenges and risks when engaging in outdoor activities. The group of 15 birdwatchers spent two hours at the park and observed 29 species of birds. The highlight was seeing Prothonotary Warbler nesting boxes built and installed by Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist David Yeager. The boxes are currently occupied by the nesting warblers, and the group was treated to a male Prothonotary Warbler defending his nest with beautiful bird song. Among those taking part were, from left, Kathleen Kellar, Jane Evans, Virginia Ro...

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