Making Birding Spots Extra Accessible

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Accessible Birding

Tailored from Deliver Birds Again podcast

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    [Swainson’s Thrush, ML 247407911]

Freya McGregor is the coordinator of Birdability, a company that works to make birding extra accessible and inclusive for folks with disabilities. She says that one of many massive challenges is that completely different components of accessible design don’t get linked — generally actually. Like, there could be a pleasant paved path for wheelchair customers, however then issues like information indicators don’t take those self same guests under consideration:

Freya McGregor: I see interpretive indicators which can be 9 toes away from the path, over a grassy floor  or the signal is simply too excessive or the textual content is simply too small. Fairly often we expect that it is only one group of those that we’re serving with this modification and there is often an entire stack of different individuals who profit from it too.

Designing parks with accessibility in thoughts — from the car parking zone and all alongside the path — can assist make outside experiences for folks with disabilities extra self-directed and unbiased.

Freya McGregor: Fairly often individuals are attempting to be unbiased in no matter they’re doing. Yeah, okay, you could possibly get assist, however that is not the purpose. Being exterior within the woods or by a lake or someplace by your self, like that has a lot energy that may be very completely different than being there with a buddy or a gaggle. 

And as soon as accessibility enhancements are made, how do folks discover out about it?

Freya McGregor: It is not simply sufficient to go, oh, properly, we have constructed it. They need to come. You’ve got gotta be intentional. Like, we, we actually need you right here. Like, come be a part of us.

Be taught extra about Birdability on the Deliver Birds Again podcast. Hear in your podcast app or on BirdNote dot org. I’m Tenijah Hamilton. 

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Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Swainson’s Thrush ML 247407911 recorded by L. Sebastianelli.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote   July 2022         
Narrator: Tenijah Hamilton

ID# PodBBB-12-2022-07-26    PodBBB-12

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