Omaha, NE (June 5, 2019) – In celebration of Pride Month and Omaha’s Pride weekend, Audubon Nebraska and local chapter, Audubon Society of Omaha (ASO), will be hosting an all-inclusive walk called Let’s Go Birding Together.
Audubon’s Let's Go Birding Together is a series of walks, where people spend time observing birds in nature, that was founded and organized by Jason St. Sauver, Director of Education and Outreach for Audubon Nebraska. In 2016, he began working on projects for Audubon’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team while he was on the board of OutLinc (now called OutNebraska), the local Lincoln LGBT community center.
“It made sense to lead a bird walk that partnered with this community,” said Jason. “It’s simple but it makes people feel invited and welcome.”
He hosted his first walk in 2016 and a few more in 2017 at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Then, during Pride Month in 2018, the Let’s Go Birding Together walks were launched nationally with a calendar of walks posted online.
Now, with over 25 birding events scheduled nationwide, he will be leading a walk in Omaha.
ASO and Audubon Nebraska will host Omaha’s first Let’s Go Birding Together walk on June 30 at Heron Haven.
“To me, the main goal is that people both in the LGBT community and outside of it see Audubon as someplace that is a safe space, an inclusive organization,” said Jason.
Audubon states that the walks “are for everyone who loves birds and the outdoors.” The walks “welcome those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor experience that is inclusive.”
Participants are recommended to bring comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen, bug spray and binoculars if possible; if not, extras will be available to borrow. To RSVP for this event, email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The walk will start at 10 am at Heron Haven, located at 11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68164.