Christian Cooper to host new Nationwide Geographic TV present

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New York Metropolis birder Christian Cooper will host a brand new Nationwide Geographic TV present known as Extraordinary Birder.

Cooper, who grew to become hooked on birds as a baby throughout a cross-country highway journey, has lengthy been an everyday birder in New York’s Central Park. He’s a board member of New York Metropolis Audubon and was amongst a number of birders profiled within the 2012 HBO movie Birders: The Central Park Impact.

In Might 2020, Cooper, who’s Black, was birding in Central Park when he encountered a white lady who was letting her dog wander round off-leash within the Ramble, an space the place dogs are alleged to be leashed. He requested her to leash the dog, she refused, and when he tried to present the dog a deal with, she known as the police and stated she was being threatened by “an African American man.” (Her false declare finally led her to obtain a third-degree misdemeanor cost, which was later dropped.)

Cooper’s video of the incident went viral, and it impressed the creation of Black Birders Week, a now annual occasion that highlights the experiences of Black birders in out of doors areas.

Right here’s how Nationwide Geographic describes the brand new TV present:

“Life-long birder Christian Cooper takes us into the wild, great, and unpredictable world of birds. Whether or not braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a Peregrine Falcon, he does no matter it takes to find out about these extraordinary feathered creatures and present us the outstanding world within the sky above.”

A launch date has not but been introduced. The present will run on one in all Nationwide Geographic’s channels or on Disney+. Six episodes are deliberate. Cooper advised the New York Occasions that when “he first heard from Nationwide Geographic about the potential for a present a few 12 months and a half in the past — ‘I used to be all in,’ he stated.” The Occasions additionally notes that the present “will characteristic Cooper birding in deserts, cities, rainforests and the agricultural South.”

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