Painting by John Syme (Public Domain).

The past few years has seen a proliferation of pieces re-examining the legacy of John James Audubon and his suitability as namesake for a bird conservation network. The following is sampling of writings from around the country.

Brinton, Scott, Audubon Society Confronts its Racist Namesake — Sort Of.

https://www.liherald.com/merrick/stories/audubon-society-confronts-its-racist-namesake-sort-of,133249

Fabian, Ann, “We Left All on the Ground But the Head”: J.J. Audubon’s Human Skulls.

http://commonplace.online/article/audubons-human-skulls/

Fears, Darryl, A D.C. Area Environmental Group is Dropping the Name of John Audubon, Naturalist Who was an Enslaver and Indian Grave Robber.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/10/27/dc-environmental-group-is-dropping-name-john-audubon-naturalist-who-was-an-enslaver-indian-grave-robber/

Fears, Darryl, The Racist Legacy Many Birds Carry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/interactive/2021/bird-names-racism-audubon/

Fenston, Jacob, Maryland Audubon Group Changes Name Due To Namesake’s Racist Past.

https://wamu.org/story/21/11/05/maryland-audubon-group-changes-name-due-to-namesakes-racist-past/

Halley, Matthew R., Audubon’s Bird of Washington: unravelling the fraud that launched ‘Birds of America.’

https://bioone.org/journals/bulletin-of-the-british-ornithologists-club/volume-140/issue-2/bboc.v140i2.2020.a3/Audubons-Bird-of-Washington–unravelling-the-fraud-that-launched/10.25226/bboc.v140i2.2020.a3.full

Halley, Matthew R., The (literal) skeletons in the closet of American Ornithology.

https://matthewhalley.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/the-literal-skeletons-in-the-closet-of-american-ornithology/

 Lanham, J. Drew, What do we do about John James Audubon?

https://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2021/what-do-we-do-about-john-james-audubon

Mandelbaum, Ryan F., John James Audubon Was Never Good.

https://gizmodo.com/john-james-audubon-was-never-good-1845094010

Marcelo, Phillip, How Audubon Societies are Grappling with a Racist Past.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2021/0715/How-Audubon-societies-are-grappling-with-a-racist-past

National Audubon Society, John James Audubon: A Complicated History.

https://www.audubon.org/content/john-james-audubon

Nelson, Glenn, What’s in a Name? Plenty if it Belongs to a Slaveholder or White Supremacist.

https://southseattleemerald.com/2021/08/25/whats-in-a-name-plenty-if-it-belongs-to-a-slaveholder-or-white-supremacist/