Shoutout to rtha
May 20, 2022 11:52 AM   Subscribe

Christian Cooper who was bird-watching in Central Park in 2020 when Karen Amy Cooper (no relation) saw him and called 911 frantically reporting that "an African-American man is threatening me and my dog," now has his own show on National Geographic called “Extraordinary Birder”

George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police later that day.
posted by bendy (14 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
 
Extraordinary Birder, no paywall.
posted by bendy at 11:54 AM on May 20 [2 favorites]


Original article, no paywall.
posted by bendy at 11:55 AM on May 20 [1 favorite]


And here's the NPR article about this I posted in one of the Free Threads.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:07 PM on May 20 [3 favorites]


Thanks for this update. Previously: After racist park encounter, Chris Cooper takes us birding.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 12:10 PM on May 20 [2 favorites]


This is cool. Birding is really a delightful and therapeutic activity, and it's cool he's able to share that with more people.

. for rtha, I miss her.
posted by biogeo at 12:15 PM on May 20 [34 favorites]


Birders are so fun because they are so into the littlest movement or sound.

The little gasp of wonder "did you see that?" and watching for just a glimpse of a bird.

Very cool that Chris is taking us in that direction after his experience. I don't think it's common to have a trajectory from "something unjust happened to you" to "so here's a platform to share your gift with the world."
posted by Emmy Rae at 12:17 PM on May 20 [12 favorites]


The video Ahmad Khani linked is fantastic. It adds all the context and backstory this post needs.
posted by bendy at 12:21 PM on May 20


The little gasp of wonder "did you see that?" and watching for just a glimpse of a bird.

OMG my uncle put a night-vision camera in the sparrow box...
posted by bendy at 12:32 PM on May 20 [2 favorites]


The Merlin app's sound analyzer is fucking magical.
posted by seanmpuckett at 12:42 PM on May 20 [6 favorites]


Has anyone used computer vision for birding? I have a contest with a couple of people who also work from home who bird from their windows. Because I have the need to win I wanted to set up a camera and catch the birds feeding from my porch. I've seen academi studies where they reduced the scope and put cameras in boxes to contain the bird a bit and get a closeup. I've also googled and seen articles like these, but is there anything out there that's a little bit more out of the box?
posted by geoff. at 12:46 PM on May 20


. for rtha, I miss her.

yes
posted by lazaruslong at 12:58 PM on May 20 [3 favorites]


geoff: The search term you're looking for is 'smart bird feeder,' I believe. The Bird Buddy looks pretty neat, though I haven't tried it.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:59 PM on May 20 [1 favorite]


.rtha
posted by madamjujujive at 5:47 PM on May 20 [9 favorites]


Thank you for the shoutout to rtha. <3
posted by gingerbeer at 5:07 PM on May 21 [11 favorites]


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