Together for Birds: Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ABC

American Bird Conservancy works for birds. We celebrate the diversity of birds and the diversity of all who cherish and conserve birds. We are inspired by our partners and our staff, and we intend to work more explicitly toward advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).

What does this mean for us?

1)     Our staff are the heart and soul of our organization. Advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion means investing in our staff and in their ideas. We will learn collectively, create more opportunities for professional growth, address any existing inequities, and work toward creating an even greater sense of belonging. In recruiting new staff, we will reach beyond our traditional networks. We will report our progress over time. Our outward-facing work will also be coordinated by our staff, primarily through our cross-institutional JEDI group, which meets monthly.

2)     We already carry out our bird conservation work through partnerships with people from governments and nonprofits throughout the Americas. We will, with their permission, share more of their stories and perspectives. We will also establish and nurture new partnerships that help to expand birding and bird conservation to more people.

3)     We will work to reach the next generation of birders and bird conservationists through investments in school-based environmental education, mentoring, and widening pathways into birding and bird conservation careers.

4)     Over the long term, we will more explicitly address environmental injustice – the uneven distribution of the negative impacts of environmental change. Doing so might mean supporting the rights of indigenous people in managing their own lands for bird conservation and related benefits, providing urban children with greater access to nature and to environmental education, or pushing for policy change around pesticide production and use. Each of these actions directly benefits both birds and people. We recognize that whatever we work on requires substantive input from the people most impacted by our projects. We will advocate for creating change collectively.

We are all different and we all conceptualize justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in various ways. At ABC, we intend to move forward with respect and kindness, to grow and learn together with our community. We will add new initiatives, partnerships, and approaches over time.

What should we invest in to ensure that we support each other and flourish together? Please send us your ideas and stories!

For more information, please contact Naamal De Silva, Chief Diversity Officer, at:

2022 Conservation and Justice Fellowships

American Bird Conservancy is proud to launch our new Conservation and Justice Fellowship program to expand the intersections between biodiversity conservation and environmental justice. In 2022, we will offer up to nine paid fellowships focused on storytelling and seek individuals with varied perspectives, personal and professional backgrounds, and areas of expertise. Visit our 2022 Conservation and Justice Fellowship page to learn more and apply.

Related Information:

2020 Message from ABC's President: Welcoming All to Enjoy Birds

Our Partners: Meet a Few Bird Conservation Superstars

Embracing the Role of Bird Ambassadors

(Banner photo: ABC staff and partners from our Latin American bird reserve network, April 2019. Photo by Daniel J. Lebbin.)