Leading a local community in appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.


Young Birders


Teens enjoying and protecting the natural world through science, service, exploration and experience.

Young Birders teens, volunteers, and staff - October, 2014.

Young Birders is open to all teens interested in birds and nature! Download a registration form and/or email us for more information.



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About Young Birders

 Young Birders brings together teens between the ages of 13-18 with an interest in birds and conservation for a fun series of field trips, meetings, outreach activities, and scientific monitoring efforts. Experienced volunteers and naturalists help members learn about Washington's birds and their place in the environment. Young Birders is a great way for teenagers to explore Northwest ecology, gain naturalist skills, and make a positive contribution to the natural world.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey - October, 2014

  • Make new friends who share your interests - all of whom are 13-18 years old
  • Enjoy amazing places in the natural world  
  • Gain skills and experience that could help launch an environmental career 
  • Earn service-learning credits through community science and education projects
  • Get ideas and support for bird- or conservation-oriented senior projects
  • Build leadership experience
  • And most of all, have some YOLO (You Obviously Love Owls) experiences.


Young Birders accepts new members throughout the year!

For more information, contact Robyn Thomas (206-523-8243 ext. 109) or Malcolm Griffes (206-523-8243 ext. 117), or email us at youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org.


Check out our upcoming events below!


Monthly Meetings

February Meeting

  • **Rescheduled** to Monday, February 25th from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Join us for a workshop on bird photography, taught by published and award winning bird photographer Tim Boyer

Meetings are held at Seattle Audubon Society office at: 8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115  

Seattle Audubon Office





Field Trips

From city parks to national parks the Young Birders field trips are a way to explore nature and birding hotspots throughout our city and the state. Young Birder field trips include day-trips and short overnights from October to June, and a longer end-of-year summer overnight trip to a further afield birding location. Our trips are often lead by Master Birders, and are a great way to get outside, learn about new birding areas, and spend time birding with other teens.


Young Birders half day trip: Montlake Fill

Sunday Feb 24th from 9:00am – 11:00am. Led by Master Birder Alan Grenon we will spend the morning birding around this popular Seattle area birding-spot. Please meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot E16.


Young Birders full day trip: Skagit and Samish Flats

Satuday March 9th from 8:00am – 5:30pm. We will head up north to spend the day birding at the Skagit and Samish Flats with master Birder Neil Zimmerman. Field trip cost of $10 will cover gas. We will meet at the Green Lake Park-and-Ride at 8am.

Space is limited to our van rental. You must RSVP HERE by Monday, March 4th to attend this field trip.


Young Birders half day trip: Discovery Park

Saturday March 23rd from 9:00am – noon.  We will spend the morning at this hotspot with Master Birder Alan Grenon. Meet at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center at 9:00am. 


Young Birders half day trip: Sketching Workshop at Magnuson Park

Saturday March 31st from 10:00am – noon.  We will spend the morning with Master Birder and artist Carleen Zimmerman for a field sketching workshop. We will provide basic art supplies including pencils and paper but please feel free to bring your own field art supplies as well.  We will meet in Magnuson Park at parking lot E1 in-between Promontory Point and the Boat Launch.  


Wenas Creek Annual Campout

Mark your calendars! Young Birders will head to the Wenas Audubon campout over Memorial Day weekend from Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th.

The Wenas campout is a regional Audubon tradition that takes place in the Wenas Valley of central Washington. This casual and friendly gathering offers a variety of activities, including birding field trips, wildflower walks, field sketching, owl prowls, and campfire presentations. See the Wenas campout website for more details. 

We will provide meals and transportation for interested Young Birders. Families are also welcome to come along! Registration information will be available in April, contact youngbirders@seattlaudubon.org with questions in the meantime. 



Service Learning Hours and Science Projects

Burien Bird Fest

Saturday, February 16 from 10am-2pm. The Young Birders will have the opportunity to assist in leading, or taking part in, a bird count as well as presenting local bird species skins with us at the Seattle Audubon table during the Burien Bird Fest. This will also be a great opportunity to meet working professionals in ornithology and environmental conservation. Those who attend will receive Service Learning Hours. Please meet us at the Burien Community Center.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending upcoming fieldtrips, meetings, and events HERE


* For more information about trip details and registration, please contact Robyn Thomas and Malcolm Griffes at youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org *







Want to earn more service-learning hours? Ask us about how to get involved with ongoing community science projects. These are great opportunities to engage with environmental professionals, work with Master Birders at community science sites, and feel what it's like to be apart of a research team.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS)

Neighborhood Bird Project

Sevretive Wetland Bird Monitoring with Puget Sound Bird Observatory

Bird Banding Photo by Miles Whitworth

 Young Birder holding Bud Anderson's Kestrel



American Bittern - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 


 “I originally joined Young Birders to learn more about birds and to meet other people with the same interests as myself.  So far, I have met both of those goals and much more.  I really enjoy the programs that are offered… The field trips have greatly increased my skills as a bird watcher because it is somewhat hard and bothersome to teach yourself.  With more experienced birders around me, I can learn how to identify birds in a fun and accurate way without fumbling through a field guide.”

"Young Birders is an incredible program. It has changed my life; given me birding friends my own age, a community, experiences that I will remember until I die, opportunities that will help me later in life, and the support I needed to become an avid birder. Thank you Seattle Audubon!”


Photo by Emily Meade

Young Birders fieldtrip - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. November, 2014

"I love Young Birders because it's so welcoming to everyone. It doesn't matter what your relationship to birds is—expert, beginner or anything in between—everyone is willing to help others and learn as much as they can." -Former member

“Because of the skills I’d gained in Young Birders, I spent my summer thriving on science: analyzing fish samples, compiling data, and assisting in field work...This propelled me to admission with highest honors to my first-choice school, Western Washington University, where I will be pursuing a degree in biology.” -Former member

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