Black Birders Week with Troy Bynum

News // June 01, 2022

It’s officially Black Birders Week, presented in-part by Troy Bynum!

You may know Troy’s content from #WildlifeWednesday on our socials. He is a talented wildlife photographer and bird enthusiast. Troy has been taking over the FOW Instagram this week for Black Birders Week–so make sure to check it out! In the meantime, read this interview with Troy to learn more about him, his birding background, and his tips and tricks for good birding:

How did you first get into birding?

“I first became interested in birds after seeing a Green Heron perched on a branch along the creek in Wissahickon Valley Park. I visited the park a lot, however, due to the pandemic, I had a lot more time to explore and actually observe nature. I’ve been birding for a little over 2 years now so I think I’m considered a “pandemic birder.”

What are you most excited about for this Black Birders week?

“This year I’m really looking forward to the event being hosted at The Academy of Natural Sciences to kick off Black Birders Week!* I will be showcasing some of my best photos and speaking to naturalists from all over the country. I’m really looking forward to meeting more people like me.”

*(The Academy of Natural Sciences hosted this event on May 28th, 2022).

Do you have a favorite kind of bird?

“My favorite bird/spark bird is, of course, the Green Heron. I did some research on them after seeing my first in the Wiss years ago and fell in love with the intelligent little bird. Not only is the bird extremely smart and resourceful, some Native Americans say the bird symbolizes patience and good luck.”

What advice would you give to those interested in birding, but don’t know where to start?

“If you are interested in birding but not sure where to start, I would suggest looking for bird walks being led in Philly by @incolorbirdingclub , @phillyqueerbirders , @discoveryphila , @johnheinznwr , and many more! There are some clubs like Delaware Valley Ornithological Club as well that offer novice-friendly walks.

My advice for people new to birding is to get out early, get out often, be patient, and enjoy what nature has to offer. You can never go wrong if you’re having fun outside!”

Barred Owl, by Troy Bynum.

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