Cultivating and Leading A Community That Values and Protects Birds and the Natural Environment Since 1916


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Monitoring species diversity in urban wildlife habitats of King County through the work of citizen scientists, and empowering citizens to become advocates for wildlife habitat in their communities.

How It Works

Volunteers conduct bird censuses once a month. The data are entered into a master database. These data serve to assist Seattle Audubon's advocacy efforts in land-use decisions.

The project's name includes "neighborhood" because the project enlists volunteers primarily from the neighborhood surrounding the wildlife habitat being surveyed. The intent is to educate Seattle Audubon members about the habitat close to their homes, to observe what birds live there as the seasons change, and in doing so, to encourage members to become advocates for the wildlife "in their neighborhoods" or communities.

Data Analysis

Data from the Neighborhood Bird Project has been used to investigate the effectiveness of restoration work in four of Seattle's urban parks - Carkeek Park, Discovery Park, Golden Gardens and Magnuson Park. The report that was produced from this analysis is entitled: Impacts of Habitat Restoration and the Status of Avian Communities in Seattle City Parks.

 download the report (1,650k, PDF)


In 1994, Seattle Audubon launched the Neighborhood Bird Project in several King County habitat areas with the goals of assessing species diversity and empowering citizens to advocate for wildlife habitat in their communities' land-use issues. The project began in Carkeek Park in Seattle, Shadow Lake Bog in Kent, and a private property in Woodinville. Additional sites were added as interest increased.

see a map of participating parks (link to Google Maps)

Read studies based on NBP data

Current project survey sites:

View Seattle Audubon - Neighborhood Bird Project in a larger map




 Day of Count

Volunteer Preference

 Jan Bragg Magnuson Park

2nd Saturday


 Jan Bragg Lake Forest Park

1st Sunday


 Richard Youel Genesee Park

1st Saturday

beginners OK

 Penny Rose Discovery Park

1st Saturday


 Mike Witter Seward Park

2nd Saturday

intermediate *

 Penny Bolton Arboretum

3rd Saturday


 Tiffany Linbo Carkeek Park

1st Saturday


 Roland Kilcher & Mike Freund Golden Gardens

1st Sunday

beginners OK

* A significant amount of the birding in Seward Park is birding by ear (60%)… but almost more important is level of dedication. Park leaders are willing to work with volunteers on this skill if they are committed. Since the beginning of the Seward Park survey ALL of our volunteers have vastly improved skills in BBE.

Contact Toby Ross, Seattle Audubon Science Manager, if you would like more information about the Neighborhood Bird Project.

Volunteer Resources

Frequently Asked Questions Data Sheet
Training Packet Extra Sheet
  Wetland Sheet (Magnuson Park only)


                          Learn more about birds on the SAS Science pages


Citizen Science Science Resources
Citizen Science Resources
Contact Science Manager
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