Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Newcomer Academy at Winooski Middle School. Photo: Jean Plasse

Audubon's Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work, in order to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban.

Equity, diversity and inclusion is not only a best practice for business, it’s a strategic imperative. Our business and conservation strategies are enriched and made stronger by the contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities.  Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, and so must Audubon in order to expand our network’s reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.

We are dedicated to providing a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. At Audubon, all employees are treated equally and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.

With a plurality of voices, Audubon will inspire more people and conserve more habitats.  Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet. The birds we are pledged to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Our Work in Communities Across Vermont (and beyond)

In Vermont, a Popular Program Seeks to Make Hiking as Inclusive as Possible
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In Vermont, a Popular Program Seeks to Make Hiking as Inclusive as Possible

The success of Pride Hikes shows that LGBTQ-safe spaces outdoors continue to be needed—and cherished.

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All About Birds with Vermont Adult Learning
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All About Birds with Vermont Adult Learning

Six-weeks focused on building our birding skills!

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Celebrating Pride Hikes in Vermont
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Celebrating Pride Hikes in Vermont

June is Pride month and we're celebrating a year of Pride Hikes!

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LGBTQ Voices in the Environmental Community
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LGBTQ Voices in the Environmental Community

Working Across Difference with Pride Hikes

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King Street Revisited
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King Street Revisited

Sometimes things are so good, you just want to shout about them!

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Outright Vermont Workshop with Audubon Vermont
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Outright Vermont Workshop with Audubon Vermont

Working to be safe, supportive, and affirming to all students regardless of their gender identity and presentation.

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Audubon at King Street Center
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Audubon at King Street Center

With the help of the King Street Center, Audubon Vermont is working to make sure that all kids have access to the outdoors.

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Spark! Connecting Community
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Spark! Connecting Community

Audubon Vermont receives grant from the Vermont Community Foundation for Audubon Adventures at King Street Center

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Taking Birding Beyond Four Walls
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Taking Birding Beyond Four Walls

Field notes from Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester

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For the LGBTQ Community, Birding Can Be a Relief—and a Source of Anxiety
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For the LGBTQ Community, Birding Can Be a Relief—and a Source of Anxiety

LGBTQ birders are working together to make the hobby more inclusive and welcoming, while dealing with lingering challenges of acceptance.

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‘Let’s Go Birding Together’ Creates a Dedicated Space for LGBTQ Bird Lovers
Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion

‘Let’s Go Birding Together’ Creates a Dedicated Space for LGBTQ Bird Lovers

It's more than a bird walk: It's an inclusive experience for anyone who wants to connect to birds, the natural world, and others in a positive way.

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