Raquel Rodriguez was on her way to join the Portland Thorns when sports were suddenly shut down by the coronavirus. Three months later the Thorns are set to open the NWSL Challenge Cup with a game against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday.
Not everyone has the same access to the Northwest's green spaces. Many Black people felt excluded and unwelcome from a hike in the forests, well before closures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
As the inaugural Black Birding Week comes to a close, Black and Indigenous people, and other people of color, are pushing for more visibility in conversations about conservation and the outdoors in Oregon.