Our Commitment to Addressing Racial Injustice and Fostering Inclusivity

June 5, 2020
Painted BuntingPasserina ciris

A Message from the Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

June 5, 2020

I am writing today to express my indignation and sadness over the recent violence and mistreatment of Black Americans, including the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others. These acts have highlighted the pervasive racial injustices that have been part of our country’s history for centuries, and sadly are still pervasive today.

On the same day as George Floyd’s death by police violence, Christian Cooper, a Black birder, was falsely accused in Central Park of threatening violence while pursuing the very passion that we all hold dear. His experience starkly contrasts with the safety and comfort that I, and many of us, take for granted when we go birdwatching in public spaces.

This inequity must change.

As members of the scientific and birdwatching communities, we bear a responsibility to… please continue reading this message from Dr. John Fitzpatrick.


In solidarity,

The Birds of the World team