Photography by Tahoma Audubon Society.

Tahoma Audubon Society’s Statement on Diversity, Equity 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.

In order to achieve our conservation goals, Tahoma Audubon Society works to represent and reflect human diversity and embraces it throughout Pierce County, Washington. To that end, we are committed to equitably increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, participants, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive and equitable organization.

The contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities enriches our organization and strengthens our conservation strategies. Just as protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, so must Tahoma Audubon Society in order to expand our reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.

We are dedicated to providing an environment that makes inclusiveness and respect a priority. At Tahoma Audubon Society we respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to an organization free of any kind of discrimination.

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


OUR MISSION

The Tahoma Audubon Society was chartered in 1969. The Tahoma Audubon Society advocates for the protection of wildlife and promotes conservation through education and activities that enrich its member’s experiences in and with the natural world.

The support from our wonderful volunteers, members, and donors is amazing. Thank you to all of you for your continued interest and support of Tahoma Audubon Society!
— Dr. Emily Kalnicky, Executive director

What We've Achieved

  • Over 100 bird walks with 1,500-plus participants.
  • 240 visitors to Audubon office and park.
  • 550 visitors to Morse Wildlife Preserve.
  • 2,000-plus participants in outreach programming. 
  • 3,000-plus hours of volunteer time, with 50-plus core volunteers.
  • 21 schools and 125 participants in the Youth Bird Drawing contest
     
  • Joined other local environmental organizations to support interim regulations, successfully preventing new fossil fuel development in the Tacoma tide flats
  • Contributed to Pierce County’s decision to use tax revenue to fund light rail expansion as well as extended bus and commuter-train lines
  •  Partnered with the environmental caucus, including the Nisqually Delta Association, other Audubon chapters, and other environmental organizations, to negotiate an agreement fostering riparian restoration and restoring flow in Sequalitchew Creek, affected by proposed mine expansion