Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Denver Field Ornithologists

Denver Field Ornithologists promotes the study and preservation of birds and their habitats for the enjoyment of anyone and everyone. Through its free and public field trips, its programs and seminars, community outreach, monthly newsletter, social media and comprehensive website, DFO encourages birding both as an avocation and a vocation. We recognize, however, that the freedom to enjoy this pastime or pursue this occupation without harassment because of race, color, gender or other individual characteristics is NOT universal.

Knowing this, DFO reaffirms that it welcomes participation by all, without exception. In particular, and in light of national attention to race and ethnicity even in birding, DFO invites and includes people of color in all that it does and stands for. As an organization, we stand against injustice in our communities, our state and our nation. In a time of national reckoning with racism past and present, DFO declares its commitment to justice, respect and inclusion with the adoption of this nondiscrimination policy:

Denver Field Ornithologists does not and will never discriminate, in anything it does, on the basis of color, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, age, national origin/ancestry, disability, citizenship, marital status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. This applies, without limitation, to DFO’s field trips, programs and webinars, website, newsletter, organizational committees and board of directors, social media platforms, and any other activities not specifically mentioned here. DFO is committed to organizational practices that promote inclusion, and it is dedicated to making its activities accessible to all.