– Exploring the Reasons Why Americans No Longer Name Birds After People

The American Ornithological Society renames bird species named after people due to their racist pasts. 

Audubon's shearwater and Scott's oriole to receive new names, severing ties to Audubon and Winfield Scott. 

Decision follows pressure from birders to address historical figures with racist or colonial pasts. 

Renaming aims for more descriptive names reflecting habitats or physical features. 

Advocates view current names as reminders of oppression, slavery, and genocide. 

Some birders express sympathy but question the necessity of the change. 

Concerns raised about loss of historical knowledge, but impact seen as minor by some. 

Initiative inspired by racist incident involving Black birder in Central Park in 2020. 

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