Statement from National Audubon Society:
“We have just learned today about serious allegations raised against a prominent birder in a courageous blog post by Aisha White. The individual, who Ms. White has identified as Jason Ward, is also a former Audubon employee. During his tenure at Audubon, which ended in January 2020, we had no information of any inappropriate—much less criminal—conduct or we would have taken action right away. Based on the blog post, we have ended our relationship with him immediately and permanently. Audubon will not tolerate any conduct that is inconsistent with the law or with the higher standard of our organization’s values.”
This statement was updated on February 17 to include Mr. Ward's name after Ms. White identified him.
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