President's Message by John Day
- Last Updated: October 20, 2022
Dear Members and Friends of Skagit Audubon Society,
I’m sure that many of you have heard one way or another that Seattle Audubon Society recently decided to drop the Audubon name and is in the process of choosing a new one. You may be aware that the National Audubon Society (NAS) has also started the process of considering whether or not to change its name.
The issue here, as I understand it, is that despite what John James Audubon did to increase the public’s awareness and knowledge of North American birds, he was himself a slaveholder and made his racist views of Black and Indigenous people well known. This is seen by many as a significant barrier for minority people to joining Audubon or participating in Audubon-sponsored activities.