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Christian Cooper, the black birdwatcher who was the target of false accusations during an encounter in New York’s Central Park in 2020, has a new TV show airing on National Geographic.
The network announced this week that Cooper, a lifelong ornithologist, will host a series called Ornithologist Extraordinary. In the series, Cooper will take viewers into the “wild, wonderful, and unpredictable world of birds,” according to National Geographic.
“Whether it’s braving the stormy seas of Alaska for puffins, hiking through the rainforests of Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, it makes all it takes to learn more about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the skies above,” the network said in a statement.
The channel has not yet announced a first date for the show.
In an interview with The New York TimesCooper said his love for birdwatching began when he was 10, and he told the newspaper he was “all in” when National Geographic approached him about the possibility of a TV show almost a year and a half ago.
“I love spreading the gospel of birdwatching,” he said in the Time interview.
The 59-year-old was thrown into the spotlight in May 2020 after Amy Cooper (no relation), a white woman with a dog, called police saying he had threatened her, she and his dog.
In video recorded by Christian Cooper, Amy Cooper is shown calling the police, telling 911 dispatchers, “I’m in the Ramble. And there’s a man, African American – he’s got a bike helmet. records and threatens me and my dog.”
Amy Cooper was charged with a third degree misdemeanor for making the false statement, but the charge was later dropped, given her lack of criminal history.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said it dropped the charge after Amy Cooper completed five restorative justice sessions.