Leader Profile: Youel
Richard Youel
Field Trip Leader

A trip to the Columbia Gorge and eastern Washington with a fellow architect who was an avid birder opened Richard’s eyes to the world of birding. "We saw 60 species that day, and 40 of them were life birds for me," Richard recalls. "I kept asking if the bird we were looking at was rare. I couldn’t imagine how these birds could be so beautiful, not be rare, and I’d never seen them before!"

Originally from St. Cloud, he moved to Seattle in 1968 with a degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota. The end of his two-year term as President of Seattle Audubon (1998-2000) was just the beginning of Richard’s renewed commitment to the organization.

Richard has served on the board for six years and leads field trips for new members. As chair of the Publications Committee, he is excited about their newest book, Butterflies of Cascadia. Meet him in person by signing up for his Birdathon field trip May 11.

--Sharon Sneddon
Associate Editor