Date: 1/2/18 12:50 pm
From: Mike Patterson <celata...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Christmas Bird Count interactions
As the former CBC regional editor for 26 years, I can think of only one
other time when things got far enough out of hand that the regional
editor was asked to intervene. I will not go into details...

And can talk about what I learned and what I told the primaries parties
in that incident.

First and foremost, National Audubon Society is pretty clear about their
inclusivity policy:
http://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon

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.

--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
That question...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3294
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