Beginner’s Birding Zine
Mike Mahoney’s A Beginner’s Zine to Birding the Parks, Street Corners and Backyards of New Orleans will get you started.
To receive a print copy of the “A Beginner’s Zine to Birding New Orleans,” donate a recommended $7.00 below! To make your donation go further, please also consider clicking the box “I’d like to add to my donation to help offset the cost of processing.” Be sure to check the box to share your mailing address so we know where to ship your zine! If ordering more than one copy, please specify the quantity.
NOTE: The zines currently in stock are 4.5 X 6 inches. The next batch will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches, so you may prefer to order later.
Bringing Birding into the Classroom
Help introduce birding to kids everywhere, from the inner city to the suburbs and beyond! Donations will be used to distribute the birding zine to area classrooms and other groups, as well as for curriculum building. Check back for updates as we build this exciting program from the bottom up!
Invitation to Educators:
Educators, here’s an opportunity to bring birding into your classroom. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your class, grade or school!
The Zine’s Backstory
Mike Mahoney, explained in a recent interview, “I had the idea for the zine when I returned to New Orleans after working a few years of seasonal bird monitoring positions. So many of my friends outside of Louisiana were birders, and many of the places I birded post-college had diverse community (but still mostly white) of bird enthusiasts. I needed a resource I could give my friends as an introduction to the world to where my mind often escaped…birding!
The pandemic and protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd amplified my desires to create this document as a more inclusive introduction to the hobby, tying together social, political, and ecological pressures in the birding world. Because “the great outdoors” can be inaccessible to so many, I focused the guide around urban birding.
This zine introduces people to nature through birding. Accessibility is also at the core of this project. I hope to demystify the language around birds. Most importantly, I hope to communicate that while birding may be hard, an appreciation for birds is easy.”