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INTERVIEW: Dr. Drew Lanham, the ‘Black Birder’

South Carolina native, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, perhaps the most well-known “Black Birder” in the country, was recently interviewed as part of the THRESHOLD CONVERSATIONS Podcast.

In this episode, Dr. Lanham discusses some big questions: “How is social justice inseparable from environmental justice? How does his favorite bird relate to the experience of being Black in America? And what experiences led him to write 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher?”

We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Lanham here in the Lowcountry, so we can testify that he always has interesting perspectives and insights to share.


From his Clemson University profile:

“J. Drew Lanham (B.A. Zoology 1988; M.S. Zoology 1990; PhD Forest Resources 1997) is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. In his twenty years as Clemson University faculty he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. Dr. Lanham holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012.

Drew strongly believes that conservation must be a blending of head and heart; rigorous science and evocative art. He is active on a number of conservation boards including the SC Wildlife Federation. South Carolina Audubon, Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote and the American Birding Association. He is an inaugural Fellow of the Audubon-Toyota Together Green initiative and is a member of the advisory board for the North American Association of Environmental Education. Drew is a Fellow of the Clemson University Institute for Parks and was most recently named a 2016 Brandwein Fellow for his work in Environmental Education.

Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. ”

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“Threshold Conversations features interviews with environmental thought leaders on important issues impacting cultures, communities, and ecosystems in the United States and beyond. These series aims to create space for thoughtful, civil dialogue about the urgent environmental issues we’re living with today.”


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