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Spectrum Savvy: How Birds Exist Outside of Heterosexual and Cisgender Norms

Have you ever wondered about LGBTQIA+ presence in the animal kingdom?

Join us to learn about the birds that exist outside of heteronormative human ideas and family structures. We’ll begin by examining how western social expectations impact ornithology, academic science, and LGBTQIA+ birders. Then we’ll discuss specific examples of bird species that have demonstrated queer behaviors or that exist in “non-traditional” family units. From gay swan foster parents to matriarchal hawk families and same-sex penguin couples, birds have a diverse array of relationship and family styles just like us!

Taught by queer birder and naturalist Kate Kohut, this class is a safe space where all are welcome. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, anyone looking to increase their understanding of the bird world is welcome in this inclusive space!

Two Chinstrap Penguins stand facing one another.
Chinstrap Penguin, photo by Paul Balfe

Have you ever wondered about LGBTQIA+ presence in the animal kingdom?

Join us to learn about the birds that exist outside of heteronormative human ideas and family structures. From gay swan foster parents to matriarchal hawk families and same-sex penguin couples, birds have a diverse array of relationship and family styles just like us!

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Class Details

    • Class: December 9, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Class fee: $20 members / $30 non-members
    • Note: Class recordings will be sent out automatically to everyone who registered post-class. Thank you!

Details

Date:
December 9
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Venue

Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
Cost:
$20 – $30

Venue

Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
Cost:
$20 – $30

Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org