American Bird Conservancy not only celebrates the diversity of birds but also the diversity of all who celebrate and conserve birds. We unequivocally condemn racism in all its forms.
We are committed to doing our utmost to support social justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within our organization and across the bird conservation community. We acknowledge that we must do our part to remove barriers that stand in the way of the bird community becoming a safe and welcoming place for all.
With this in mind, ABC created the new staff position of Chief Diversity Officer; Jason Ward has now started in that position and will be leading our EDI efforts. We are also moving forward with implementing our initial EDI plan, “Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Bird Conservation.” Started in 2019, this plan was created with help from Mayla and defines actions that we will take, including expanded outreach to diverse communities to provide opportunities for engagement in birds and bird conservation.
We will also take steps to promote a more inclusive conservation community overall. We look forward to reporting on our progress.
ABC Comment on EDI: Helping to Create a More Just and Equitable Bird Community
ABC's President: Welcoming All to Enjoy Birds
Bird Names for Birds, an initiative ABC has signed onto
Embracing the Role of Bird Ambassadors
Our Partners: Meet a Few Bird Conservation Superstars
Supporting New Initiatives: Black Birders' Week
(Banner photo: ABC staff and partners from our Latin American bird reserve network, April 2019. Photo by Daniel J. Lebbin.)