Christian Cooper, the bird-watching Black guy who was wrongfully ac-cused after an incident in Central Park in New York City in 2020, has a new National Geographic TV episode. Cooper, a veteran birder, will host a show called Extraordinary Birder on the channel, which was unveiled this week. According to National Geographic, Cooper’s series will immerse viewers in the “wild, fascinating, and surprising realm of birds.”
“Whether risking stormy waters in Alaska in search of puffins, travelling into jungles in Puerto Rico in search of parrots, or ascending a Manhattan bridge in search of a peregrine falcon, he is known for doing everything that it takes to learn about these beautiful feathered creatures,” the network said in a statement. The show’s launch date has yet to be announced by the channel. Cooper told The New York Times that he has been interested in birds since he was ten years old and that when National Geographic reached him about a TV programme over a year and a half ago, he “went all in.”
In an interview with the New York Times, he remarked, “I adore promoting the gospel of birdwatching.” In May, the 59-year-old was pushed into the limelight after Amy Cooper (no related), a white lady with a dog, said that he had intimidated her and her dog.
Amy Cooper is seen in a video taken by Christian Cooper phoning the cops and telling 911 dispatchers, “I’m now in the Stroll. There’s also an African-American man wearing a bicycle helmet. He’s photographing me and my dog, and he’s thr**tening us both.”
Amy Cooper was indicted for making a false statement in the third degree, but the case was ultimately withdrawn due to her lack of prior cri*inal record. Amy Cooper attended five restorative justice meetings, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.