Robert Driver Major Contributor in Effort to Change Bird Names

Robert Driver, postdoc in the Matsunami Lab, was recently interviewed by NPR for the piece, "These American birds and dozens more will be renamed, to remove human monikers".

Many birds in the U.S. and Canada are named after people, such as Steller's jay and Cooper's hawk. All of those familiar bird names will soon change. The birding community wants to leave these names in the past. It's part of an effort to make birding more welcoming to everybody.

Driver has long been interested in bird names, how those names can come from past events and people, and how they may not really fit the bird. He has also had an impact in getting names changed to better fit birds.