To Our Members:
As noted in last month’s Belted Kingfisher, controversy has arisen over use of the Audubon name for the various entities including the National Audubon Society and local Chapters such as ours. This has come about from discussion of the character and actions of John James Audubon, including his role as a slave owner and anti-abolitionist.
The National Audubon Soc. has decided to retain the Audubon name. However, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is an independent entity and can make its own decision in this matter. The National Audubon Soc. has advised Chapters that they are free to make their own decisions on this matter. Some Audubon Chapters have changed their name to remove Audubon, while others have not.
DOAS is currently considering this issue and our board of directors wishes to solicit the views of our members. We have prepared a questionnaire and comment form for this purpose which can be found at:
If you prefer to provide your thoughts by email or by mail, please send them to email@example.com or DOAS, PO Box 544, Oneonta, NY 13820. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the questionnaire, contact us at this address or at (607) 397-3815. Please provide feedback by June 30.
If you are interested in exploring the issue, several articles, opinions, and information from
other Chapters on the topic can be found at:
We hope you will take the time to share your opinion on the Audubon name.
This survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!