These Iowa birds will get new names starting next year
Get ready to learn new names for some birds in our state.
Driving the news: Up to 80 birds named after people will be getting new names starting next year, the American Ornithological Society announced last week.
- The move is an effort to be more inclusive, especially over bird names that are connected to people with racist ties or genocidal pasts.
State of play: Some of the birds going through the name change that can be found in Iowa include the Cooper's Hawk, Wilson's Warbler and Lincoln's Sparrow.
What they're saying: "We know that changing bird names is not going to fix racism as much as I wish it would," Jordan Rutter, a co-founder of Bird Names for Birds, previously told Axios. "But we're working on removing this one brick, that is part of this huge thing we need to deal with,"
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