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Conference Special Events

A Celebration of Black Birders and Ornithologists

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Description: A Celebration of Black Birders and Ornithologists In 2020 a combination of high-profile events and social media connection helped millions understand for the first time what people of color have known for centuries: The gentle, life-affirming pleasure of spending time in nature enjoyed by white people is just as likely to be a source of anxiety and danger for Black people. Venerated figures enshrined and immortalized in our institutions – John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson among them – advanced their careers through uncredited reliance on slave labor or desecrated graves for human “specimens” on commission from natural history museums in the fledgling United States. The very names of the birds we study – hundreds of them – honor others who did likewise. While we form committees and put out statements to encourage diversity and inclusion among our membership, baked into our institutions are constant reminders to people of color that this is not a place for you. Yet despite barriers, Black birders and ornithologists persevere, substantially contributing and guiding institutions to take actionable steps toward stated commitments to inclusivity.

To increase representation of Black members in professional societies, the Wilson Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithologists, and other peer societies took unprecedented steps in 2020 to invite and encourage membership of Black ornithologists and birders. At the Wilson Ornithological Society, we recognize that removing barriers to membership to increase diversity is only one step; our next critical action to enhance equity and inclusivity is to build platforms that amplify voices of Black colleagues. To this end, our Council voted to appropriate funds toward a special session featuring six Black birders and ornithologists at our next annual meeting, the 2021 Northeast Natural History Conference. We intend for the session to highlight contributions in science, broader impacts, and personal experiences. The topic is broadly open to our invited speakers: They might address institutional diversity and inclusion, share personal stories of barriers encountered, or speak a bout birding or their own research without any explicit nod to racial exclusivity. For those of us in the audience our task is simple: listen.

Organizationally, this event will consist of a series of short talks followed by a broader panel discussion and mentoring session for a 1.5-hour duration. The Symposium will be recorded and archived on the WOS website and available on demand via YouTube at the conclusion of the NENHC.

The Panel Discussion is an opportunity for any audience member to ask questions of any speaker. The Mentoring and Networking break-out will be an event for students who have pre-registered for the event.

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NENHC Natural History Video Festival: A Visual Celebration of Nature

Date and Time: TBA

Description: Attention videographers, researchers, naturalists, and conservationists! — Do you have some cool footage highlighting an aspect of the amazing and beautiful natural world we are blessed to call home here in the Northeast? Well, this is a great opportunity to share and showcase your clips of interesting, inspiring, and/or entertaining behaviors, interactions, and habitats of northeastern species, as well as your edited and/or narrated, nature-focused productions intended to inform, educate, or make a statement.

In recognition of this year's conference being a joint event with WOS and AFO, the video festival is also open to submissions of ornithology-focused videos from outside the Northeast ... it would be great to include footage of birds we don't often/ever get to see around here, doing their thing in their native habitats!

Open to all NENHC registrants who want to spend an enjoyable evening celebrating nature on the big screen. Each member of the audience will be able to vote for their choices of Best of Show in each category. Promises to be great fun!

No separate pre-registration required for attending this event. For rules and guidelines on submitting videos for inclusion in the festival, click here.

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Meet the Editors: Panel Session with Editors from Northeastern Naturalist, Southeastern Naturalist, Caribbean Naturalist, Neotropical Naturalist, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and Journal of Field Ornithology

Date and Time: TBA

Description: This event is intendend to serve as a forum to provide advice on and insights into scientific publishing and getting your natural history research published. Especially geared towards students and others early on in their careers, it will be structured as a roundtable discussion, with some initial comments and perspectives offered by the panel followed by a more extensive question and answer period to ensure that the discussion is relevant to the audience. Some possible topics to be pursued include the importance of publication, financial considerations, writing style and editorial concerns, and taking full advantage of the peer review process.

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Wilson Ornithological Society Business Meeting

Date and Time: TBA

Description: Details forthcoming.

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Association of Field Ornithologists Business Meeting

Date and Time: TBA

Description: Details forthcoming.

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LGBTQIA+ and Allies Social

Date and Time: TBA

Description: Details forthcoming.

Contact: For more information or if you might be interested in assisting with this special event, contact Kristen Covino at kristen.covino@lmu.edu.

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Additional 2021 NENHC special events will be listed here as they are confirmed.

 

 

 

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