Common Yellowthroat by Tom Sanders

Vision

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. 

History

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.

 

download the NBP protocol (84k, PDF)

download the NBP recording form (167k, PDF)

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

 

Leader

Park

 Day of Count
(monthly)

Volunteer Preference

 Jan Bragg Magnuson Park

2nd Saturday

any

 Jan Bragg Lake Forest Park

1st Sunday

any

 Richard Youel Genesee Park

1st Saturday

beginners OK

 Penny Rose Discovery Park

1st Saturday

any

 Suzy Hunter Seward Park

2nd Saturday

intermediate *

 Rebecca Galloway &
Penny Bolton
Arboretum

3rd Saturday

any

 Tiffany Linbo Carkeek Park

1st Saturday

intermediate

 Cynthia Wilson 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.

 

                          Learn more about birds on the SAS Science pages

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