Valley Forge Audubon Society Statement on John James Audubon
The Valley Forge Audubon Society (VFAS), like hundreds of other chapters of the National Audubon Society across the country, takes our name in part from the famed bird artist, John James Audubon. While there can be no doubt of the impact of his life’s work and passion for birds, Audubon was also an enslaver whose racism and harmful attitudes toward Black and Indigenous people are now well-understood. Given his complex legacy, the Board of the National Audubon Society (NAS) initiated a process to consider whether the organization should change its name. For more than 12 months, the NAS conducted an in-depth review of John James Audubon’s life, views, and actions. This review included input from more than 2300 people from across the NAS network and beyond.
After a lengthy review, on March 15, 2023 the National Audubon Society voted to retain its name. We acknowledge that there are many opinions on both sides of this issue.
VFAS will continue to respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to providing an environment free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.