Hiking and History: Honoring the Legacies of Port Chicago and John Muir

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A foggy morning turned into a beautiful afternoon for a late November hike up Mount Wanda at the John Muir National Historic site.  Twenty-five outdoor afros and Cody the dog were treated to an enjoyable afternoon of history, community, and smiles. Before we began our hike, Raphael Allen, Park Ranger at Rosie the Riveter/ World…

Service Day at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

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Check out this recent trip report from Outdoor Afro Leader Vi Ama out of Chicago! Outdoor Afro Chicago volunteer day was held last Saturday at Montrose Bird Point Sanctuary. Montrose Bird Point Sanctuary is a hidden jewel located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The 15-acre property also known as the Magic Hedge Sanctuary was previously leased…

June’s Bird of the Month

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While standing on extremely long, thin, pink legs and sporting an elongated delicate-looking bill, this month’s bird appears to be the epitome of elegance and refinement. This month’s Bird of the Month is the aptly-named Black-necked Stilt. “Delicate”… “Elegant”… “Refined”…that is, while they’re undisturbed. But, when disturbed near their feeding or nesting ground, other words…

December’s Bird of the Month

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Douglas “Birdman” Grey, Outdoor Afro Contributor As one who spends a lot of time outdoors, I’ve noticed that nature seems harsh at times. Even with birds, their lives can sometimes seem brutal. And some birds even appear to be equipped with “Weapons of War”. Keen and intense eyes, swept-back wings, sleek aerodynamic bodies, razor-sharp talons…

Bird of the Month

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Douglas “Birdman” Gray is one of my favorite birders, and he has agreed to share his “Bird of the Month” each month with the Outdoor Afro community. Birding is a hobby almost anyone can do no matter the age, and it can open up a whole new world of recreation and environmental stewardship. Birds are…

Outdoor Afro Featured in High Country News

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Outdoor Afro is so thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of the High Country News Green Justice edition! Writer Stephanie Ogburn captured the fun spirit of a recent birdwatching event, situated in a stretch of shoreline that borders an industrial zone and a large community of color in Oakland, California. The event was a…

Douglas “Birdman” Gray

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“African Americans have a somewhat unknown heritage in the historical realm of birding” Outdoor Afro interviews Douglas Gray, an avid birder, who shares in his own words the gratification he experiences birding, and why it is an important and relevant activity for anyone. How did you develop an interest in birds? My interest in birds…