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
  • Enjoy amazing places in the natural world  
  • Gain skills and experience that could help launch an environmental career 
  • Earn service-learning credits through citizen 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

November Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 27 from 7:00pm-8:30pm — We will discuss what it means to go birding with a cause, and ways that birders can use their ornithological knowledge to help with environmental conservation. Guest speakers:
    • Neil Zimmerman with Seattle Audubon will talk with us about the importance of community science and ways to get involved.
    • Cynthia Easterson, from the Puget Sound Bird Observatory will give a presentation on an upcoming community science opportunity, the Secretive Wetland Bird Survey.

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

Seattle Audubon Office





Field Trips

Field Trips occur once a month from October through June and take place throughout Washington State. Trips alternate between Seattle area parks and local State or National Parks, while also including an end-of-year summer overnight trip to a more distant location. Field trips allow students to develop and hone their bird identification skills and to engage with other teen birders. Imagine sighting and identifying more than 75 bird species in one day!


Visit to Bothell Crow Roost

Saturday, November 10 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Our first Young Birders trip of the year will take us to the U.W. Bothell campus to view the approximately 40,000 crows that roost there. 

We will meet at the top of the North Parking Garage on the UW Bothell campus at 4:00pm. 

Bothell crows Photo by Everett Herald 


Billy Frank Jr. (Nisqually) National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, December 9th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Our second Young Birder field trip will be to the Billy Frank Jr. Niqually Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has a rich land-use and restoration history, and is a birding hot spot! Approximatly an hour south of Seattle, we will be renting a van for this day-trip. $10 per attendee. Register for this birding day trip HERE(We will meet at the Green Lake Park-and-Ride at 9:00am to carpool in van rental, and return to the Green Lake Park-and-Ride for a 2pm for pick-up.)‚Äč





Volunteer Hours and Science Projects


Habitat Restoration with EarthCorps

Saturday, November 17 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Young Birders will join Seattle Audubon, EarthCorps, and the Green Seattle Partnership as we work to make the forests of Lincoln Park healthy! Young birders will help out with habitat restoration efforts and then go briding around Lincoln Park with Master Birder Dick Lazeres (from 2:00pm-3:30pm). Register with EarthCorps for this event HEREThis event will count for four service learning hours!

The Nature Shop Holiday Open House 

Saturday, Dec 1 from 10:00am-5:00pm. Earn Service Learning hours at the Seattle Audubon Nature shop Holiday Open House! There will be activities for kids (potential options include beeswax candle making, coloring books, bird feeder making, cranberry & popcorn garlands, and more) an we need Young Birders to supervise and assist the children in attendance at this event. This is a really fun way to earn up to seven service learning hours! 

Youth Christmas Bird Count 

Saturday, December 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm. A two hour bird count in Discovery Park with help from expert birders. Afterwards we will reconvene for warm wintery drinks and snacks! This is a family friendly event and birders of all skill level are welcome. Young Birders will have the option of participating in the count or helping lead count groups. This event will count for two service learning hours. Please register for the Youth CBC here


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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