The AOS Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to a
Community Congress on English Bird Names
16 April 2021 | 2:00–4:00 p.m. EDT
Renewed spotlights on racism in the U.S. have injected greater urgency within the ornithological and birding communities to acknowledge and address racism in birding and ornithology, including in eponyms (species names honoring people). The practice of naming bird species after people has long been debated in ornithology, with current discussions about eponyms sitting at the intersection of taxonomic stability and social justice concerns. In summer 2020, the Bird Names for Birds campaign publicized a call to remove and replace all North American eponyms.
Changing the English common names of species has far-reaching implications for the ornithological and birding communities and all users of bird names. Thus, defining next steps to address this issue requires an initial awareness of the complexities of name changes and an inclusive approach to understanding diverse perspectives. The AOS Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) committee interviewed several individuals and groups of stakeholders within the ornithological and birding communities to listen to their views on eponymous bird names and learn about challenges that could arise when names are changed.
As a next step in this conversation, the D&I Committee is pleased to announce a virtual Community Congress intended to share this discussion with the wider ornithological and birding community to promote an even greater awareness of the complexities of name changes, and to identify areas of consensus for moving forward. We’ll hear the views of stakeholders regarding name changes, the challenges for specific organizations in implementing change, and the opportunities they identify at this moment for our community. The discussion will be moderated by José González of The Avarna Group. All are welcome to attend!
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– The AOS Diversity and Inclusion Committee
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