Chapter Name Statement

Redwood Region Audubon Society advocates for the protection of birds and wildlife by supporting local conservation efforts to protect wildlife and their habitat.

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We are a chapter member of the National Audubon Society (NAS). NAS deliberated for a year about whether to remove “Audubon” from its name and ultimately decided to retain it with the intention of putting more energy towards diversity and inclusion. Some of the reasons we decided to retain “Audubon” in our name is that NAS did not change its name and we want to retain our connection with NAS through our name. Many people don't know who John James Audubon, the man, was and associate the name “Audubon” with birds due to the bird paintings and books he published. NAS was formed to bring awareness to the devastation of bird populations around 1900 due to the killing of birds for use of their feathers as decorations on hats. NAS chose to include “Audubon” in the name due to that name's association with birds at that time. We are a registered non-profit organization, and therefore changing our official name would not be straightforward, requiring time, energy, and money that we feel could be put to better use in other ways.