The Kid Should See This

Jason Ward goes birding in Central Park

“Right in the heart of the busiest city in the United States, we have 850 acres of greenery known as Central Park, the best place to see migrating birds in North America,” explains birder Jason Ward.

In the first episode of Birds of North America, Ward visits Central Park in New York City to spot Warblers, talk with other birders, and to hear the birds’ cat-like meows, pew-pew laser sounds, and basketball-shoe-on-the-hardwood squeaks.

rose-breasted grosbeak

Jason Ward has been an avid birdwatcher since he was a kid growing up in the Bronx, where he spotted a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon on a ledge outside his bedroom window. In the first season of Topic’s new series, the avian advocate and father of two travels around the Northeast, from Cape May, New Jersey, to Maine, delighting audiences with his contagious curiosity about the natural world—and the creatures within it.

american robin
northern cardinal
In this quick video, Jason demonstrates how to use binoculars for birding. Cameo by his birdwatching younger brother Jeffrey Ward, featured in episode two of the series.

And in this report from WNYC News, Jason Ward Is Changing the Face of Birding, Ward discusses his passion for birdwatching, what “birding while black” can be like, and why he’s created this Topic documentary series:

“Children, in general, tend to gravitate towards imagery that they can relate to, so I want to be able to create that pathway for young kids who look like I do to feel emboldened to pursue a career in conservation.”

Watch these videos next: Blind Birdwatcher Sees With Sound, By The River – An animated introduction to five kinds of birds, A Lot About Blue Jays with Lesley the Bird Nerd, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero.

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