The Urban Forest
The urban forest is a critical element of the city. Trees clean our air, reduce urban flooding, prevent soil erosion, provide homes for our wildlife and soften the harsh urban landscape dominated by buildings and pavement. Seattle Audubon is working to enhance and protect the urban forest because trees provide both a solid foundation for ecological function as well as providing a strong place in our culture. Learn about how the City of Seattle manages the urban forest here.
Seattle Audubon's Canopy Connections project is a neighborhood grassroots project in Seattle that helps citizens learn about, inventory and promote trees in their neighborhood. The project includes an interactive online tool to identify the value of individual trees in neighborhoods throughout Seattle.
Birds and Habitat
Urban habitat provides the foundation for sustaining wildlife populations and creating healthy landscapes for people to interact with and enjoy. Urban habitat can be concentrated on a small urban lot or it can cover an entire park. It can be created by a single individual or an army of volunteers. The type and quality of the urban habitat determines what birds and other wildlife might be seen.
Learn how you can help improve the urban habitat for birds by creating a wildlife-friendly backyard.
Urban Park Issues
Throughout its history, Seattle Audubon has served as a voice for birds and habitat in Puget Sounds' urban parks. Current park advocacy efforts are focused on Magnuson Park, located on the western shore of Lake Washington.