MCAS Diversity Statement and Land Acknowledgement

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Morro Coast Audubon, our mission is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats on the Central Coast of California. To fulfill these objectives, Morro Coast Audubon has prioritized diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) as integral to our organizational mission. By respecting, valuing, and including people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives, we strive to create a safe, equitable, and vibrant future for environmental stewardship on the Central Coast.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Board, staff, members, volunteers, and supporters. Diversity can refer to a wide range of identities, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status. These identities are important, and inform the way we learn, experience, and interact.

Embracing the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strengthens our ability to protect and advocate for the natural world of the Central Coast.

Landscape and Morro Rock [photo by Dan Sternau]

Land Acknowledgement

Morro Coast Audubon’s lands, work, and activities take place on the traditional lands of the Northern Chumash and Salinan tribes who have inhabited the Central Coast of California for more than 10,000 years. We recognize that much of the Central Coast as we know it today was founded on historical exclusions and erasures of indigenous peoples. Land Acknowledgements are an important starting point from which we can strive to be indigenous allies.

To learn more about the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and the Salinan Tribe of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, please visit their websites.