Second - the National Audubon Society does not play policeman nor do regional editors. There is no mechanism for coming in and fixing these things. I had no special authority, neither does Joel. It is a matter for the local groups sponsoring the CBC itself and any gatherings before and after the count. The local sponsoring group has every right to invite or dis-invite as they deem appropriate from activities and more specifically meeting venues. Being a member of the National Audubon Society does not, in and of itself, bestow and special rights or privileges to anything. This is all about home rule.
I have known Hendrik for a very long time and he is one of least offensive Human Beings I know. He is one of only a handful of birders my wife recognizes and knows by name, which says a lot about the impression he left with her.
We sometimes wrongly assume that all birders are like-minded, but if that were true we wouldn't need a BOO. He's hoping we will all continue to stand up for one another and against those who can fail to see the human beings, because they've been blinded fear and intolerance.