Woman Launches ‘Feminist Bird Club’ to Promote ‘Intersectionality’ in Bird-Watching
NYC birder Molly Adams, 26, is leading the nation’s first-ever network of Feminist Bird Clubs to provide a “safe opportunity” for womxn, LGBTQ, and gender-nonbinary folks to practice bird-watching free from the constraints of the patriarchal world.
Founded in 2016, the first Feminist Bird Club was launched in Manhattan by Molly Adams, who graduated from Stony Brook University with a master’s in marine science and who now works for the Wildlife Conservation Society in NYC.
Since the NYC club’s inception, Adams boasts of active chapters in NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Buenos Aires, all of which host monthly or weekly bird-watching treks. (Chapters are also currently being organized in Michigan and the San Francisco Bay Area).
The Feminist Bird Club describes itself as an “inclusive bird watching club dedicated to providing a safe opportunity to connect with the natural world ... while working to protect the rights of all womxn, non-binary folks, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Not only that, but members have also successfully fundraised for Planned Parenthood ($300), Black Lives Matter ($4,600), and the New York Abortion Access Fund ($1,000), among a few other nonprofits.
Next year, the club will sell birding patches to benefit another nonprofit, and is currently looking for illustrators to create a new design. PJ Media reached out to Adams to ask why an explicitly feminist approach is necessary for birding, but she declined to respond.
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“Raising money is just one small thing we can do, but I look forward to seeing how much we can donate to another organization next year,” wrote Adams in an October 26 newsletter.
The club recently hosted its most well-attended birding event yet.
You can find more about the Feminist Bird Club on its website.
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