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. However, Audubon enslaved people and held white supremacist views, reflecting ethical failings that it is time to bring to light and reconcile with his perceived contributions. The National Audubon Society has begun an in-depth review of John James Audubon’s life, views, and actions which VFAS would encourage people to read about on the national website www.audubon.org.
VFAS is fully supportive of this review and of any actions that result from this review, including the current statement from the National organization on diversity:
“Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work, in order to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban.”
VFAS respects 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.