Osprey / James Riley / Seattle Audubon – Seattle Times Photo Contest
Seattle Audubon for Everyone
Seattle Audubon advocates and organizes for cities where people and birds thrive.
We know that the threats facing birds are immense. The ideologies and institutions that exploit and degrade nature also exploit and degrade people, particularly people of color. The fight to protect birds and nature is not separate from the fight for equity and justice, and to succeed at one we must succeed at both. We are committed to identifying and dismantling systems of oppression in our organization and community, and to actively working toward an antiracist future. Communities of color world-wide are leading in this effort, as agents of their own liberation and for the protection of the environment.
Broad Inclusion and Engagement
Seattle Audubon will truly be for everyone when it is led, staffed, and supported by people of many different backgrounds and perspectives. We celebrate and value people of every age, race, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, class, ability or disability, sexual orientation, and political or religious belief. We also acknowledge that these categories, and especially their intersections, play a significant role in how power and resources have been inequitably distributed historically and today. We are committed to using our position and influence to challenge the systems of oppression that have created and uphold these inequities.
We understand that the fight for equity and justice never rests, and we believe that ongoing investments in this work will lead to systemic change, a healthier environment, and community solidarity over the long run.
Current Actions and Commitments
- Name change to remove a barrier to inclusion and antiracism work.
- Audit internal culture and business and hiring practices to identify and remove barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- Mandate staff, board, and volunteer training in inclusive leadership and antiracism practice;
- Overhaul recruitment practices, requirements, and selection process to increase diverse racial representation and leadership on the board of directors, and
- Be attentive to people of color and other historically marginalized voices and be open to reshaping programs and practices.
If you’d like to provide input or be involved in leading these efforts, please contact Community Director Glenn Nelson at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
The above statement and commitments were approved by the Seattle Audubon Board of Directors May 13, 2021.
A New Name for an Inclusive Future
Mar 28, 2023
No longer a barrier, our new name represents an open door for new communities to join us in our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive.
How We Found Our New Name
Mar 27, 2023
We conducted a transparent and inclusive process to choose our new name. Read more to learn about how we found our new name.
Letter from Executive Director on NAS Announcement
Mar 15, 2023
This morning, the National Audubon Society (NAS) announced that they would retain the Audubon namesake. They do not dispute that the success of John James Audubon’s Birds of North America hinged on scientific fraud, plagiarism, and the forced labor of enslaved people.
I believe those facts should preclude further elevation of such a figure at the forefront of our conservation movement.