What names are you referring to?  It's my understanding that what we used
to call an Oldsquaw is now properly called a Long-Tailed Duck.  Are there
other birds whose names are being changed?  The quotation below is from
Wikipedia, but similar commentaries are found in other references:

"The English word *squaw* is an ethnic and sexual slur
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs>,[1]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-Vowel-1-1>[2]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-NMAI-2>[3]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-AIM-SC-3> historically used
for Indigenous North American
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas> women.[4]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-BNews1-4> Contemporary use
of the term, especially by non-Natives, is considered offensive, derogatory
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereotypes_of_Native_Americans>, misogynist
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny> and racist
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism>.[1]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-Vowel-1-1>[2]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-NMAI-2>[3]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-AIM-SC-3>[4]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-BNews1-4>[5]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-Hirschfelder-5>[6]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#cite_note-AICRJ-6>

The word is not used among Native American
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States>, First
Nations <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Nations>, Inuit
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuit>, or Métis
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9tis> peoples."


Surely ornithologists and amateur birders alike don't wish to perpetuate
ignorant and disparaging slurs.





On Sat, Jun 5, 2021 at 5:26 PM Carl Steckler <simmshil...@gmail.com> wrote:

> First it was statues, then military bases.
> Now the target of the woke crowd are birds.
> The American Ornithological Society is thinking about changing the names
> of some birds because they have a past that some call racist.
>
> Common people there is no room for political correctness in bird watching,
>
> Or did I just miss the memo?
>
> Please don’t let this hysteria ruin our hobby.
>
> There may be scientific reasons to change the name but unit for political
> reasons.
>
> Birding is and should be open and available to every person, period.
> What is next, ABA verses Audubon?
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