Wilson's Warbler

Rethinking Bird Names

Of the 149 birds of North America that have honorific names, all of them are named after white people. Whether they were named after the “discoverer” of the birds (Wilson’s Warbler, for example, named by Alexander Wilson) or in honor of someone else (like Franklin’s Gull, named in honor of the leader of a scientific expedition), these birds were all named in a time and place where only white men were allowed to be in these positions of power and privilege.

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Oregon Black Pioneers

Today it is hard to find evidence of those trailblazing Black settlers. Oregon Black Pioneers (OBP), Oregon’s only statewide African American historical society, is working to change that.

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The Violence in Silence

BIack, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have felt the violence of silence for centuries. Envision racism as a fire whose flames have been stoked for too long—not only by violent oppressors, but by the breath of individuals and institutions that have remained silent against racism, slowly and almost effortlessly breathing life into it.

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People of Color Outdoors: A Fast-growing Community Group Organizing Inclusive and Safe Outdoor Outings

Generations of people of color have become disconnected from nature due to displacement, environmental pollution and destruction, and exclusion. As a result, there’s a lack of internal wellness in the community that can be at least partially healed by reconnecting with nature. POCO intends to help to facilitate the reconnection.

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From Portland Audubon’s Equity Team

The past few months have been devastating, laying bare historical, widespread racial inequities and systemic violence that Black Americans have endured for centuries. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, and Asian American communities have seen spikes in racist incidents, including verbal and physical attacks since the onset of the virus.

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