Date: 7/21/20 2:31 pm
From: Tyler Hallman <hallmanator...>
Subject: [obol] Re: A Message from the OBA Board of Directors
Hi all,

I was given this link in a recent inclusivity in teaching workshop. It's
probably something everyone should be aware of in terms of the history of
race relations in Oregon.

It isn't political, just history and I thought I'd share in case anyone
wanted to learn more.


On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 1:57 PM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>

> Hello OBOLites -
> Some folks have had difficulties with the links embedded in the previous
> message. The statement, including links, has also been posted on the OBA
> website (at
> Best regards,
> Nagi Aboulenein
> On Jul 21, 2020, 8:09 AM -0700, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>,
> wrote:
> The Oregon Birding Association (OBA) board met recently to discuss how our
> organization can do more to remove the barriers that face Black,
> Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) birders in Oregon and to adopt a
> strong position on this issue that goes beyond our initial statement on
> racism in birding. In the midst of the nationwide outcry over the
> centuries-long oppression and brutalization of Black Americans, we
> recognize that OBA has historically been a mostly white organization in a
> mostly white state, promoting a hobby historically enjoyed by mostly white
> people. We have not done enough in the past to recognize the ways in which
> birding is not equally accessible to everyone, or worked to change this
> dynamic. We are working to make birding in Oregon more welcoming to all,
> while acknowledging the privilege that white birders have in this regard.
> Moving forward, we hope to use our grant program to support organizations
> doing work that aligns with our mission in communities that we don’t
> currently reach. We also plan to incorporate this work into our field
> trips, our annual meeting, and the Oregon Birds journal. These are all
> volunteer endeavors, and we welcome your participation.
> We encourage Oregon birders to actively educate themselves on anti-racism
> and specifically the challenges that face Black Americans and Black birders
> in our home state as a first step.
> These panels are highly educational in terms of explaining the obstacles
> faced by Black birders.
> Black Birder Week panel 1
> <>
> Black Birders Week panel 2
> <>
> More to read and watch from Black birders:
> Jason Ward's "Birds of North America"
> <>
> Birding While Black (Drew Lanham)
> <>
> We hope that Oregon birders agree with the growing understanding that this
> topic is not political, but one of basic human rights, and that it is not
> tangential to our hobby, but central to it, and critical to include in our
> forums, including OBOL. We support the recent statement
> <> from
> Seattle Audubon and encourage Oregon birders to read it and reflect on its
> meaning.
> We recognize the work that is already being done in this regard,
> particularly by BIPOC-led organizations such as Wild Diversity
> <> and Outdoor Afro <>,
> that are working in Oregon to welcome and create a sense of belonging in
> the outdoors for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and encourage our
> members to become familiar with and support their work.
> We approach this work with humility and a willingness to learn and change,
> even though it may be uncomfortable. We welcome your feedback about how we
> as an organization can work to remove the barriers that face BIPOC birders
> in Oregon. We would also like to encourage anyone interested in getting
> more involved with OBA and helping with this effort to contact us. We
> currently have several open board seats, and would like anyone interested
> in furthering the cause of birding and birders in Oregon to join us on the
> OBA board.
> Signed: The OBA Board of Directors.

Tyler Hallman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University Corvallis

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