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Monuments And Teams Have Changed Names As America Reckons With Racism. Birds Are Next
When early naturalists like John James Audubon discovered a new bird, for example, they often named it after a friend or colleague. "There's Wilson's warbler, and Swainson's warbler, and Kirtland's warbler," lists Kenn Kaufman, author of several birding field guides. "You've got Nuttall's woodpecker, and Cassin's vireo, Cassin's auklet, and then there's Botteri's sparrow, and Bachman's sparrow," he says. Kaufman, like many birders, hadn't paid much attention to the people behind the bird names. That is, until last year when he learned more about that last guy on his list. "John Bachman was a Lutheran minister in South Carolina," Kaufman says.